Always Was, Always Will Be. NAIDOC Week 2020.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are usually held around the country each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is celebrated not just in our Indigenous communities but also in increasing number of government agencies, community organisations, local councils, workplaces, schools and sporting groups.
National NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations will be held from the 8-15 November. The November dates follow the decision by the National NAIDOC Committee (NNC) to postpone NAIDOC Week from the original July dates due to the impacts and uncertainty from the escalating Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across our communities and cities.
The 2020 theme Always Was, Always Will Be recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. NAIDOC Week 2020 acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or 1606 – with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula. The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples.
The 2020 National NAIDOC Poster features the Shape of Land artwork, by Noongar and Saibai Islander man Tyrown Waigana.
Tyrown’s passion for art and design began at an early age and his goal is to make a living of being an artist and take on exciting new creative projects.
Shape of Land description: The Rainbow Serpent came out of the Dreamtime to create this land. It is represented by the snake and it forms the shape of Australia, which symbolises how it created our lands. The colour from the Rainbow Serpent is reflected on to the figure to display our connection to the Rainbow Serpent, thus our connection to country. The overlapping colours on the outside is the Dreamtime. The figure inside the shape of Australia is a representation of Indigenous Australians showing that this country – since the dawn of time – Always Was, Always Will Be Aboriginal Land.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the NAIDOC website.
What:NAIDOC Week Celebrations 2020
When: 8-15 November 2020
Where: Australia wide
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Image Source: NAIDOC website
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