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Post date: 9th November 2020

NAIDOC Week is an annual celebration to recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC Week 2020

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, NAIDOC Week 2020 has shifted from a week of events taking place in person during July to a week of online events taking place November 8 - 15.

Every year, NAIDOC Week is commemorated under an annual theme. For 2020, the theme for NAIDOC Week is 'Always Was, Always Will Be' - a timely recognition that First Nations peoples have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

These are the oldest living and continuing cultures in the entire world.

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Always Was, Always Will Be

'Always Was, Always Will Be' acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first explorers, the first scientists, the first farmers, the first artists. It is a reminder that this nation's history didn't begin with documented European contact - it began at the dawn of time, a history dating back thousands of generations.

During NAIDOC Week, all Australians are encouraged to reflect upon the vast and expansive history of our continent. First Nations peoples share the world's oldest oral stories, invented unique technologies and tools, created the earliest paintings of ceremonies, and engineered structures that pre-date well-known ancient structures like Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.

NAIDOC Week is all about learning and hearing the unique and spectacular 65,000+ year history of this country - a country established by generations of brilliant Nations.

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How can I celebrate NAIDOC Week in 2020?

Across Victoria, there are plenty of events taking place online for NAIDOC Week in 2020, including online discussions, performances, art, music, and much more. Check out the full range of events taking place for NAIDOC Week by visiting the NAIDOC Week Website.

There is also a range of interesting online explorations of art and discussions taking place at Museum Victoria. Visit their website here for more information.

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