06 November 2020

NAIDOC Week, Sunday 8th November to Sunday 15th November

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’, the committee once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week.

The theme for 2020 is Always Was, Always Will Be, recognising that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

RANZCOG is proud to celebrate NAIDOC week and recognises the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, acknowledging their ongoing spiritual and cultural custodianship of their lands, and recognising the right for all Australian women to experience optimal health care.

All Fellows, Trainees and members are encouraged to take part in any of the activities happening around the country during this special week. Please see below for some highlights. For more information you can also refer to the NAIDOC week website. Keep an eye out also for information that RANZCOG will be sharing on social media channels throughout the week - twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram.

RANZCOG also reconfirms our commitment to celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples not only during this one week period but on an enduring basis. Later this year we look forward to holding a webinar to highlight the remarkable contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to this country. Stay tuned for more details.

RANZCOG is also launching a consultation of members for the new RANZCOG Reconciliation Action Plan. We want to know what you would like to see incorporated in the new plan, and how we can build on lessons from the previous Reconciliation Action Plan. Please submit your feedback here.
Some highlights during NAIDOC week:
  • Indigenous Art Market This year the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies are bringing 100s of Indigenous artists, designers, weavers and carvers from art centres and communities across Australia to you online throughout NAIDOC Week 2020. You can purchase a diverse range of paintings, textiles, sculptures, decorations and more, direct from the art centres with 100% of profits going directly to the artists and their communities. Sunday 8th November to Sunday 15th November.
  •  First Nations Storytellers in Conversation Join Better Read Than Dead to hear 3 celebrated First Nations storytellers; Claire G. Coleman, Nardi Simpson & Jeanine Leane in conversation with Daniel Browning. Monday 9th November.
  • Deakin University’s Live Stream, delivered in partnership with Fed Square, Always Was: Always Will Be is a NAIDOC week event centered around First Nations art and storytelling and is a celebration of Indigenous knowledge and culture. Two incredible Aboriginal artists, Morgs and Thelma Beeton will be painting and completing artworks from start-to-finish over the course of the day, along with some inspirational speakers and special guests who will be also be sharing their own work and personal stories. Tuesday November 10th.
  • Strong Sista awards presentation and panel discussion on NAIDOC theme. Each year Indigenous Employment Partners recognises Strong Sistas helping to keep our communities safe and strong. As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have always had active and significant roles in our communities. Wednesday 11th November.
  • Laying the Foundations for Treaty: Seminar and Agreements, Treaties & Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) website relaunch. Join for a conversation about treaty, agreement making and nation building to launch the new Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) website. Thursday 12th November.
  • Mabu Mabu - Discover indigenous ingredients In this online experience, Meriam chef, Nornie Bero of Mabu Mabu will share her love of Australian Indigenous foods and flavours. She'll talk through some fantastic Indigenous ingredients and will show participants how they can incorporate these Australian native fruits, herbs, spices and flavours into their own home-cooking. Friday 13th November.



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