NAIDOC Week at Sydney Olympic Park - FREE Event

NAIDOC Week at Sydney Olympic Park - FREE Event


Posted 2018-07-06 by May Crossfollow

Thu 12 Jul 2018

Come along for a FREE afternoon of Indigenous culture, music, food and lots of fun for the whole family during NAIDOC Week 2018. Discover more about the culture and history of the local Aboriginal Wangal people and how to survive in the mangrove wetland environment by living off the land. Enjoy tasty free samples from the indigenous barbeque. This free event has kindly been sponsored by NRMA.

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2018 is "Because of Her, We Can!" and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have played active and significant roles in the community, at local, state and national levels. These trailblazers are amazing and strong women and you can join in the commemoration of them.

Highlights of the event include live performances and music. You can also participate in cultural activities include weaving, storytelling and lots more. All ages are catered for and everyone is welcome, All of the activities on the day are FREE and bookings are not required. For more details click here .

Here is the schedule for Thursday 12th July:
At Jacaranda Square, Corner Australia Avenue and Dawn Fraser Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park.
  • 11.00 am to 12 noon - Guided mangrove walk.
  • 12.00 noon - Welcome to Country ceremony.
  • 12 noon to 2.00 pm - Indigenous barbeque lunch - free samples.
  • - Live music by Leah Flanagan
    - Cultural activities, including storytelling and weaving.
  • 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm - Guided mangrove walk

  • A Brief history of NAIDOC and NRW.
    1967 - In a national referendum, 90.77% of Australians vote "YES" to give the Commonwealth Government the power to legislate for aboriginal people and to include them in the census.
    1974 - NADOC established (later to become NAIDOC). NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day Observance Committee and the acronym has become commonly known throughout Australia as a week-long celebration
    1992 - The High Court recognises native title in the landmark case Mabo vs Queensland.
    PM Paul Keating delivers the "Redfern Speech" recognising the history of dispossession, violence and forced removal of Aboriginal children.
    1993 - Australian Parliament passes the Native Title Act.
    The first Week of Prayer for Reconciliation is held which later becomes National Reconciliation week.
    1995 - The Australian Government officially recognises the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.
    1996 - The first national Reconciliation Week is celebrated.

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