Celebrating NAIDOC Week: 3 to 10 July 2022

Published on 04 July 2022

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NAIDOC stands for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’ and is all about celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’, prioritising a genuine commitment by all of us to support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative reforms.

Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, Constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism—we must do it together.

This year from 3 to 10 July, learn, explore and join in on events and activities celebrating our Indigenous communities, their stories and rich history.

1. 2022 National NAIDOC poster competition

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Ryhia Dank, a young Gudanji/Wakaja artist from the Northern Territory is the winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC poster competition for 2022 with her entry, Stronger.

“I created this piece after reading this year’s National NAIDOC Week theme – Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! I knew straight away I wanted to do a graphic piece centred around our flags with text highlighting what we have been through and are still fighting for” said Ryhia. “I feel that this piece being black and white allows us to focus on the details and messages in the artwork”.

Meet Ryhia and learn more about her work!

2022 National NAIDOC Week Poster

2. Traditional Dance at the Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival

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Book your kids in for a boogie with Amos Roach and the Murrandaya Yepengna Dancers (Dance of Life, Wurrung language) at Chapel Off Chapel as they perform and teach some local Traditional Kulin Nations Dances. 

Suitable for ages 6 to 12 years. 

Tuesday, 05 July 2022 | 02:00PM - 03:00PM

Amos Roach - Murrandaya Yepengna Dancers

3. Check out Crown Jewels at MARS Gallery

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Crown Jewels explores colonisation and England’s Royal Family by focusing on the Royal Jewels – a symbol of the monarchy. Iconic jewellery pieces worn by Queen Elizabeth ll, Princess Diana and Duchess Kate Middleton have been re-created using a combination of traditional and contemporary indigenous weaving by artist Carly Tarkari Dodd.

By weaving these jewellery pieces, Dodd reclaims what was taken by European settlers in the name of the Crown. 

Exhibition opening Friday, 08 July | 06:00PM - 08:00PM (running until 31 July)

Crown Jewels at MARS Gallery

4. Update your reading list

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Pop into Malvern Library this week and pick up a new read from their NAIDOC Week display, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors.

Malvern Library, 1255 High Street, Malvern

5. Explore our Indigenous past

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Uncover Stonnington’s Indigenous history through the eleven Indigenous history markers found in Kooyong, Prahran, South Yarra and Windsor.

Home to Wurundjeri campsites, the Birrarung (Yarra River) is central to our Indigenous heritage, with four markers along the Yarra Trail.

Discover all the history markers and learn about the story of local clans, their lifestyle and important events and images depicting historic sites.

See the Indigenous history markers

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