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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

Bennelong: Last years at Kissing Point

Saturday 2 June, 10am - 2pm, Kissing Point, James Squire’s Orchard, Putney
An excursion by River Cat ferry via the Parramatta River through Wangal and Wallumedegal territory and history, to the site of James Squire’s orchard at Kissing Point Putney, where Woollarawarre Bennelong spent his last years and was buried in 1813. Conducted by Keith Vincent Smith, cultural historian and emeritus curator, Library Council of New South Wales. Meet at Circular Quay at 10 am. Bookings essential, view more details


Wednesday 11 July, 11 am - 12.30 pm, Ryde Library, 1 Pope St, Ryde
A fun and interactive NAIDOC Week morning for families. Come on a journey with Indigenous artist and story teller Chris Tobin to enjoy stories that have been told for generations and find out about Indigenous people in the Ryde area and their history.
Bookings essential. 
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NAIDOC Week - “Because Of Her, We Can” Guest Speakers 

Wednesday 11 July, 6 pm - 7.30 pm, Ryde Library, 1 Pope St, Ryde
Because of her, we can! guest speaker session at Ryde library. Speakers include artists Aunty Clair Jackson and Kerrie Kenton speaking about the meaning of this year’s NAIDOC theme. Bookings essential, view more details

NAIDOC WEEK - Citizenship Ceremony

Thursday 12 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 welcome along with the Citizenship presentation. Please contact for more information.

Guided Walk: NAIDOC Week - Glades Bay

Saturday 14 July, 10 am - 12 pm and 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm, Glades Bay Reserve
Take a walk along the Wulaba track, enjoy the remnant of bushland in Glades Bay Reserve and be on the lookout for bush tucker plants as you are guided through the bush to the shores of the Parramatta River.
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Last updated on 29 June 2018