Happy NAIDOC Week!

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

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The 2021 National NAIDOC Poster, ‘Care for Country’ was designed by Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas.Using the 2021 NAIDOC Week theme, Heal Country!, as inspiration; ‘Care for Country’ is a bright and vibrant artwork which explores how Country has cared for and healed First Nations people spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and culturally.

The artwork includes communities, people, animals, and bush medicines spread over different landscapes of red dirt, green grass, bush land and coastal areas to tell the story of the many ways Country can and has healed us throughout our lives and journeys.

2021 National NAIDOC Poster ‘Care for Country’, designed by Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas

La Trobe NAIDOC Events

A range of events are available for you to get involved with. Registration is essential. Check out the events below!

EventDateTimeLocationCampusWho can attend?
Heal Country Walk/Run event4 – 11 JulyAny timeYour choice. You’ll be joining other participants virtually.AllAll students, staff and community are welcome.
NAIDOC Cultural Share DayMonday 5 July10am – 1pmHeywood Library Gallery and Plaza
This event will also be available via livestream (can be viewed On Demand)
BendigoAll students, staff and community are welcome.
Heal Country Tree PlantingMonday 5 July1pm – 4pmHeywood Library PlazaBendigoAll students, staff and community are welcome.
NAIDOC 2021 on the Agora GreenTuesday 6 July  12:30pm – 3:30pmAgora GreenBundooraAll students, staff and community are welcome.
Coil weaving workshopTuesday 6 July2pm – 5pmVirtualBendigoAll students, staff and community are welcome.
Circular breathing workshop for DidgeridooWednesday 7 July10am – 12pmJimbeyer Boondjhil Indigenous student support unitBendigoMen of all cultures are welcome. Community welcome.
Introduction to Wayapa workshopWednesday 7 July11am – 12pmVirtualAllAll students and staff are welcome.
Paint making workshopThursday 8 July2pm – 5pmVirtualBendigoAll students, staff and community are welcome.
Jimbeyer Boondjhil Indigenous Cultural Awareness TrainingFriday 9 July9am – 1pmVirtualAllAll students and staff are welcome.
Djandak: Films created by Uncle Brien and Gerry GillFriday 9 July2pm – 4pmHeywood Library GalleryBendigoAll students, staff and community are welcome.

Heal Country, Heal our Nation.

“Country is inherent to our identity. It sustains our lives in every aspect – spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally. It is more than a place. When we talk about Country it is spoken of like a person. Country is family, kin, law, lore, ceremony, traditions, and language. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples it has been this way since the dawn of time”. – A capture of the theme statement.

 For further information and how to get involved, please visit: www.naidoc.org.au.