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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. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. 

Upcoming Events

NAIDOC WEEK: OPENING CEREMONY

Monday 8 July, 11 am - 12 pm, West Ryde Plaza
The City of Ryde will open NAIDOC week with a ceremony that celebrates the contributions and presence of the longest continuing civilisation in the world. The event will feature a smoking ceremony, flag ceremony and cultural performances in language which will compliment this year’s NAIDOC week theme of Voice. Treaty. Truth. Followed by a BBQ.

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NAIDOC WEEK: Musical Morning Tea (FULLY BOOKED)

Monday 8 July, 10.30 am - 11.30 pm, Ryde Library, 1 Pope St, Ryde
Join the Walangari Diramu Aboriginal Dance and Didgeridoo Company as they share their rich First Nations culture with you. Bookings essential. 

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NAIDOC WEEK: TALK WITH DR PETER MITCHELL OAM

Wednesday 10 July, 6.30 pm - 8.00pm, Ryde Library
Hear from Dr Peter Mitchell OAM as he challenges the position that living in Ryde, Aboriginal issues may seem remote. Bookings essential.

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NAIDOC WEEK: Citizenship Ceremony

Thursday 11 July, 7 pm - 8.30 pm, Civic Hall, 1 Devlin St, Ryde
A special NAIDOC Week themed Citizenship ceremony will be held to welcome new Australian Citizens to the Ryde Community. This event is open to the public and the new Citizens friends and family. The ceremony will feature an indigenous performance and Acknowledgement along with the Citizenship presentation.

Please contact events@ryde.nsw.gov.au for more information.

Guided Walk: NAIDOC Week - FIELD OF MARS

Saturday 13 July, 10 am - 12 pm and 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm, Field of Mars Reserve

Join us on our Guided Walk through Field of Mars Reserve as we celebrate NAIDOC Week - a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The walk through the reserve features an array of gum trees, wildlife, birds and urban creeks. Whilst taking in the diverse natural surroundings and visiting sites of Aboriginal significance, we will be on the lookout for bush food/supplies which the local tribes relied upon. Many of these plants are still found in the Field of Mars today. We will also be treated to bush tucker snacks at 12 noon for all to enjoy!

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NAIDOC WEEK: Healthy Living Workshops for Deadly Women

Thursday 25 July, 10am - 2pm, Shaftsbury Place, Eastwood

Are you female and of Indigenous heritage? Learn healthy living tips at a workshop which covers topics such as screening for cancer, exercise is medicine, and food and your mood.

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NAIDOC Week 2019 Video

Watch the video below to find out what's on this NAIDOC Week.

Last updated on 4 July 2019