• Cranbourne
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Celebrating NAIDOC week!

The theme for NAIDOC week 2016 is Songlines: The living narrative of our nation.

This celebration of Indigenous history, culture and achievements has its roots all the way back in the 1920’s – when people started to speak up for Indigenous rights and voiced their concerns. Activist and community groups came together to increase the awareness of the status and treatment of the Indigenous community.

Although originating as a protest and a Day of Mourning, it was decided that the second Sunday in July should become an official day of celebration of Aboriginal culture as well as a day of remembrance. Throughout the 1940’s and early 50’s the second Sunday of July was known as Aborigines Day. By 1974 it had been decided that the celebration should cover a full week – thus the beginning of NAIDOC week. This week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and gives an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our community.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee and runs from 3 to 10 July.

Events will be held at both Gardens for the celebration:

At Melbourne Gardens
Koolin ngargee – celebrates with songs and stories around the fire. Activities for children will include decorating a boomerang and making an ochre hand-print.

At Cranbourne Gardens
Koolin-ik ba kirrip-buluk celebrates with a free BBQ, didgeridoo playing, stories and children’s activities.

Read the full history here.