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NAIDOC Week 2020 will be held from Sunday 8 to Sunday 15 November under the theme Always Was Always Will Be. The revised November dates for NAIDOC Week 2020 follows its postponement from the original July 2020 dates due to the impacts and uncertainty of COVID-19. My article NAIDOC Week 2020 details the history of NAIDOC and has many suggestions for how you can celebrate this annual festival. Here are my picks for the best free events in and around Brisbane during the week-long celebrations.

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Enjoy Indigenous Dancers (May Cross)

Celebrating NAIDOC and First Nations Cultural Outreach
Monday 9 November 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
You are invited to join the Queensland Law Society online on 9 November to celebrate NAIDOC Week and for the unveiling of the First Nations Cultural Outreach Strategy. The strategy outlines how QLS intends to effect positive legislative and policy change, increase engagement and education in cultural resources and initiatives. You can register for complimentary access to the livestream here. For further information contact or

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First Nations (NAIDOC website)

Friday 13 November from 3.30 pm to 7.00 pm.
Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2020 at the Nambour Showgrounds. Although it's on Friday 13th, I promise it won't be at all scary and you will be made very welcome. This is a FREE family event and everyone is invited to go and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, achievements and continuing contributions to our country and society. To include the values of family connections back to land, water and animals the organisers have decided to integrate family into this year's theme of 'Always Was, Always Will Be Family'. So get ALL your mob together and be part of the 5th Annual Namba NAIDOC event, celebrating culture, connection and community.

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Namba NAIDOC (NAIDOC website)

Bush Kindy - Nana Magic, Tilly and Friends
Tuesday 10 November 2020 at 10:00 am
Join the fun and celebrate NAIDOC Week at a very special bush kindy with Nana Magic, Tilly and friends. Children, parents and carers may join an unforgettable outback adventure with lots of singing and dancing, and learn important environmental messages along the way. It is being held at Karawatha Forest Park and Discovery Centre, 149 Acacia Road, Karawatha. Although this is a free event, bookings are required via Eventbrite. It is suitable for kids up to five years old.
All adults and children (including infants) must be booked in as participants for this event. Arrive ten minutes early. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, secure, fully enclosed walking shoes, sun-smart clothing, sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring drinking water and a snack or picnic lunch as there are no food outlets on site. Please note that activities are subject to weather and environmental conditions and may be cancelled on the day. If you have booked but cannot attend this event, cancel your bookings online via Eventbrite to open the waitlist for others.

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Bush Kindy (BCC website)

Bush Kindy - Nana Magic, Tilly and friends
Thursday 12 November 2020 at 10:00 am.
Join the free fun and celebrate NAIDOC Week at a very special bush kindy with Nana Magic, Tilly and friends at Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre.
Please see above for description and requirements.

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NAIDOC Poster courtesy of NAIDOC

Free NAIDOC Posters
The National NAIDOC Committee has partnered with the Woolworths Group to nationally distribute the 2020 NAIDOC Week poster. Woolies (this year's Official Sponsor of NAIDOC Week) will give away 200,000 free NAIDOC posters from 1,000 of their outlets across the country. posters will be available from Wednesday 21 October while stocks last.

NAIDOC committee said, "The continuation of this partnership with the Woolworths Group significantly assists us in spreading the reach of NAIDOC Week celebrations to a wider audience and helping them gain a greater understanding and awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, our diverse cultures and our rich histories."

NAIDOC posters have been celebrating and promoting NAIDOC Week since the late 1960s and rose to national prominence in the 1970s with the establishment of the Indigenous rights movement. This year's NAIDOC poster features the stunning artwork titled "Shape of Land" by Noongar and Saibai Islander artist Tyrown Waigana.

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Why? Celebrate indigenous history and culture
When: 8 to15 November
Where: Qld
Cost: FREE
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