Source: State of Victoria Local Government
Normally observed in July, this year NAIDOC Week is being celebrated from Sunday, 8 November to Sunday, 15 November.
The Week is a celebration and recognition of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
This year, the NAIDOC Week theme is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be.’ which recognises that First Nations People have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
In Wonthaggi, the annual exhibition celebrating local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists is now on at ArtSpace as part of local NAIDOC Week celebrations.
The exhibition, which will be on show until Sunday, 13 December, has been organised by the Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group and is available to view by appointment only. To arrange a viewing time, contact Mary Mutsaers at email@example.com. Excitingly, the exhibition will also be available to view online, making it accessible to all during these difficult times. It will be online from Sunday, 8 November at www.naidoc-art.com.au.
Locally, the Bass Coast Reconciliation Network (BCRN) was established in 2019 and works with the Community, Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (BLCAC) and community organisations to create a shared future of recognition, opportunity and true partnerships with Traditional Owners and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community.
As this year has presented challenges with holding community events, the Network is highlighting online opportunities to learn and be involved across Australia, with daily social media posts and looks forward to sharing events together in 2021.
Co-chair of the Network and Bass Coast Shire Council CEO Ali Wastie shared her support of the Week.
“NAIDOC Week provides everyone across Bass Coast with an opportunity to recognise the rich history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community,” Ms Wastie said.
“I highly encourage all of us to enjoy the inspiring and moving artworks on display by very talented members of our local Community, who are exhibiting their works as part of the Art Celebration.”
The network comprises Community representatives, Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group, Yowengarra Bun Wurrung Balug Clans Aboriginal Corporation, BLCAC and four of Bass Coast’s leading organisations – Bass Coast Shire Council, Bass Coast Health, Westernport Water and Phillip Island Nature Parks and wishes everyone a happy NAIDOC Week.
For more information on NAIDOC Week activities visit www.naidoc.org.au.