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NAIDOC WeekNAIDOC Week 2022. 3-10 July. Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each year and give all Australians the opportunity to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.

This year's theme is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and highlights the importance of actions over good intentions to strengthen the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and non-Indigenous Australians. 

Read more about NAIDOC, and this year's theme on the NAIDOC Week website.

Read more about how we're celebrating and supporting our First Nations Community  here.


Indigenous inspired craft

Drop in each day during NAIDOC Week for a new project and add a handprint to our big Bunjil's wings. Spend some time on the story mat sharing stories and watch the progress of our Indigenous awuarium installation.

Ages 4-12 years.

Monday 4-Friday 8 July
Bendigo Library

Bunjil silhouette

Aboriginal Evening Storytime

A very special event of music and storytelling, aimed at young families and featuring ‘Kinja’ – the wonderful duo of Ron Murray and Sarah James.

Ron is a much loved Victorian Indigenous storyteller and musician of international fame as a didgeridoo soloist. Sarah is of Scottish ancestry with haunting ability on the violin.

Together they bring two musical cultures together – inspiring us to think about what it is to be Australian and about belonging in this country.

Tuesday 5 July, 6-7pm
Bendigo Library


Aboriginal evening storytime - Kinja


Past events 

Lynne Kelly & Margo Neale: Songlines


Weaving deeply personal storytelling with extensive research on mnemonics, Songlines: The Power and Promise offers unique insights into Indigenous traditional knowledges robust for over 60,000 years. Lynne and Margo share understandings of how these vast stores of information were encoded through song, story, art, dance and ceremony, rather than simply recorded in writing.

Songlines: The Power and Promise is the first of six books in Thames & Hudson Australia's First Knowledge series, all edited by Margo Neale.

Alison Page & Paul Memmott - Design: Building a Country

 Building A Country

Aboriginal design is of a distinctly cultural nature, based in the Dreaming and in ancient practices grounded in Country. It is visible in the aerodynamic boomerang, the ingenious design of fish traps and the precise layouts of community settlements that strengthen social cohesion. Authors Alison Page and Paul Memmott show how these design principles of sophisticated function, sustainability and storytelling, refined over many millennia are now being applied to contemporary practices.

The First Knowledges series offers an introduction to Indigenous knowledges with each book a collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers, edited by Margo Neale (National Museum of Australia).

NAIDOC Week Storytime

Aunty Cindy and Aunty Brenda

Macedon Ranges Shire Council created a very special online Storytime in celebration of NAIDOC Week. Families are warmly invited to join Aunty Brenda Fahey, of Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, and Aunty Cindy Bux, of Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta for some fabulous stories and craft activities showcasing Indigenous culture.

Celebrating culture – How the turtle got his shell 
This video also includes acraft activity. PIck up an activity kit from your local library to join in the fun! (limited packs available)

The meaning of Smoking Ceremonies

Learn about the meaning of smoking ceremonies from Jaara Elder Uncle Rick Nelson of Dja Dja Wurrung in a great video filmed at Hanging Rock by a creative team of Work For Victoria staff members. We thank local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of Macedon Ranges for their contribution to the diverse culture of our community. View the video here.