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NAIDOC WeekNAIDOC Week 2021. Heal Country

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 - Heal Country! - calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

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


 Building on Country

Alison Page & Paul Memmott: Design - Building on 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).

Design: Building On Country is the second of six books in the First Knowledges series.

Join live, or catch up on YouTube afterwards.

Monday 5 July, 3-4pm
Online via Zoom


NAIDOC Week 2020

In 2020, we celebrated the theme of ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ and recognised that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,00 years. 

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.

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.