Jul 03, 2023

2023 National NAIDOC Week

National NAIDOC celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The theme for 2023 is ‘For Our Elders’. Across every generation, our Elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in our communities and families. They are cultural holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers, and our loved ones. They guide our generations and pave the way for us to take the paths we can today.

To recognise NAIDOC week, the BGC Housing Group team had the privilege of participating in an educational Indigenous cooking class held by three exceptional individuals to inspire and teach us. Brittney Hills-Pearse, First Nation Apprentice and member of the National Youth Team demonstrated her cooking skills. Rishaye Shaw, a Youth Ambassador for Njinda Ngardak, shared her journey to Germany with the National Youth Team. Chef Tanya Healy supported Brittney with sharing and introducing a range of Indigenous foods as well as shared her story of working with the First Nation youth. It was an amazing experience celebrating Indigenous culture and culinary traditions!

Throughout this week, there are local events where you can support and get to know your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities including:

1. For Our Elders – 2023 NAIDOC Exhibition

Date: Monday, 26th June – Sunday 30th July

Time: 9am-5pm

Registration: Free

Location: City of Joondalup

The 2023 NAIDOC Exhibition showcases a selection of works from the City of Joondalup’s First Nations Art Collection, compiled by guest curator Zali Morgan.

The exhibition includes a wide range of artworks, from paintings on canvas to a traditional Booka (kangaroo skin cloak), showcasing the diversity of Aboriginal art.

2. NAIDOC Week at Yagan Square

Date: 5th July – 6th July

Time: 10am – 4pm

Registration: Free

Location: Yagan Square Amphitheatre, Perth

Immerse yourself in the rich traditions and vibrant heritage of Australia’s First Nations people with a range of free, family-friendly activities. Engage in interactive workshops that will take you on a journey through Aboriginal art, cuisine, and craft. Unleash your creativity as you learn traditional painting techniques, the flavours of Indigenous cooking and indulge in hands-on activities.

3. Welcome to Country & Smoking Ceremony

Date: 5th July

Time: 5.45am-9.30am

Registration: Free

Location: 237 Rokeby Road, Subiaco

Join us for a Welcome to Country and traditional Smoking Ceremony as we recognise NAIDOC Week and the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Before the ceremony, you are invited to join us in the Library for a native-inspired morning tea. All members of the community are welcome to attend this free event.

Click here to learn more about NAIDOC Week and how you can get involved.

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