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NAIDOC Week 2020

Usually held in July, NAIDOC week was postponed this year until 8-15 November 2020. The National NAIDOC Theme for 2020 is: Always Was, Always Will Be.

What is NAIDOC Week?

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. For more information, visit the NAIDOC website.

Collect some NAIDOC posters to display – available through every Woolworths store from 21 October. The National NAIDOC Committee has partnered with the Woolworths Group to nationally distribute the 2020 NAIDOC Week poster. A limited supply of posters will be available in 1,000 Woolworths stores nationally from 21 October 2020, while stocks last. To download a digital copy of the 2020 National NAIDOC Poster, click here.

Resources for Girl Guides & Leaders

Adapt the below activities to suit your Girl Guide Unit – the age of your Girl Guides and whether you are meeting in-person or virtually.

Display copies of the NAIDOC poster or encourage every Girl Guide to collect one from Woolworths and discuss at your Unit Meeting during NAIDOC Week.

23-year-old Tyrown Waigana, a Perth based artist and designer, has been named as this year’s winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC Poster Competition. His winning entry – Shape of Land – was judged by the National NAIDOC Committee to have best illustrated the 2020 NAIDOC theme: Always Was Always Will Be, and depicts the Rainbow Serpent coming out of the Dreamtime to create this country and how we are strongly connected to it.

You could: discuss the theme, discuss the poster, draw your own posters for the theme, or explore the NAIDOC website. You may like to check out
the history of NAIDOC and previous themes and posters.

Attend a local NAIDOC activity.

Find out through your local Council office, or on the NAIDOC website what is planned for the week, and choose a suitable one to participate in.

Most activities are on-line this year so flag-raising, marches, dancing, and visits to places may all be unavailable – but that also means you may be able to participate in something from elsewhere if that draws your interest. Check whether you need to register!

Research the different language groups around Australia and find out what First Nations Country you live in.

Use the Maggolee website developed by Reconciliation Victoria to help you. It contains: information about each of the 79 Victorian local government areas; details on policy and programs; protocols and cultural awareness; traditional owner groups; and local Aboriginal organisations, Aboriginal languages, key local contacts, news, and events.

Draw or paint the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.

Learn what the different symbols and colours mean here. Please take note of copyright information: use the flag on many items such as clothing may incur a cost.

Create some artwork.

  • Use spatter painting over your hands to make a hand stencil
  • Buy drink coasters and paint with Australian animals, flowers, or designs
  • Buy calico shopping bags and decorate for NAIDOC week
  • Learn more about Rock Art

Watch an Aboriginal film together.

Check out: The Sapphires; Sweet Country; Rabbit Proof Fence; The Australian Dream; Ten Canoes; Charlie’s Country; Contact; or Toomelah.

Read a story about Aboriginal children or culture.

Some suggested books are here. Discuss, or draw pictures about the story.

Work through the ‘Share Our Pride’ online training.

This website will give you a glimpse of how life looks from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective.

Find out about Indigenous Astronomy.

Do you know what the Dark Emu is? What about the Seven Sisters? Learn more about Indigenous Astronomy here!

Learn about bush tucker.

Learn more about common plants that have been used for food over the past thousands of years!

Helpful websites:

  • Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education – free to access and provides practical ways to introduce meaningful reconciliation initiatives in the classroom, around the school and with the community.
  • Deadly Questions – This is your opportunity to learn about Victoria’s Aboriginal people, including their history, culture, connection to place, and hopes for the future. It’s anonymous, so don’t be afraid! Ask any question on-line and it will be answered.
  • More Reconciliation Resources are on the GGV website here, including the syllabus for the special Reconciliation Badge!

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