As part of NAIDOC 2021, there are a ton of events occurring around the country that spotlight this year's theme "Heal Country", calling for stronger measures to seek protections for Aboriginal lands, waters, and sacred sites, as well as Indigenous cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction. We've rounded up five that are popping up on our radar, virtual and face-to-face, to help educate and celebrate this NAIDOC Week.
KEE'AHN WINTER CONCERT
WEDNESDAY 7TH JULY
7:00PM – 9:00 PM
Mount Waverley Community Centre
If you missed Kee’ahn’s lush vocals at our Online O-Week Party earlier this year, the Kuku Yalanji, Jirrbal and Zenadh Kes singer is bringing her soulful sound to Mount Waverley Community Centre for a special NAIDOC Week performance. Kee’ahn’s music blends smooth R&B sounds with powerful lyrics, which reflect strength through struggles and explore personal healing. For bookings, head here.
FIRST NATIONS BUSH FOODS AND PLANT USES
WEDNESDAY 7TH JULY
Live-streamed via Facebook
One for the green thumbs! Casey Cardinia Libraries has teamed up with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s Aboriginal Learning Facilitators to host a virtual experience exploring Aboriginal knowledge, connection, and uses of native plants from across Australia.
Facilitated by RBGV, the live-streamed event will take you on a virtual trip to Cranbourne’s How to Garden while showcasing plants closely connected to Aboriginal culture. Learn all about traditional bushfoods that are used in cooking today and ask any questions during the Q&A. Plus, it's free—just head here for more details.
WINTER IN THE DOMAIN
FRIDAY 9TH JULY
6:00PM – 10:00PM
Big Top, The Domain
For those in Sydney, Thelma Plum, Baker Boy and Miiesha are bringing their voices together to soundtrack Winter in the Domain with this legendary lineup. Thelma Plum has been a force in the music industry, with her compelling tracks having won Triple J Unearthed, NIMA and DEADLY awards. Her album Better in Blak eloquently challenges sexism and racism, and she’s won hearts everywhere through her powerful songwriting.
Rapper Baker Boy, on the other hand, showcases his culture through hip-hop, incorporating both English and his native tongue Yolngu Matha. He adds Arnhem Land instrumentals including the didgeridoo, while also modernising important anthems like Yothu Yindi’s ‘Treaty.’
STORYTIME WITH BOORI MONTI PRYOR
SUNDAY 11TH JULY
Readings St Kilda
Beloved First Nations storyteller Boori Monty Pryor will be reading his latest book Story Doctors at Readings St Kilda and everyone’s invited. His new release comes with wonderful illustrations and celebrates the power of unity through storytelling. Aligning with this year’s NAIDOC theme, the story explores nature and how it connects us, alongside the truth that the medicine needed for healing lies within us all. Take your children, younger siblings, or the whole family — Bookings are essential!
ACKNOWLEDGE THIS! HOW TO GIVE AN AUTHENTIC ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
VARIOUS DATES AND TIMES
Virtual via Zoom
Whether you're hosting an event or appearing at one, an Acknowledgement of Country is one of the simplest ways to ensure you're respecting the Traditional Owners of the land you're standing on. But are you doing it right? Yamatji/Budimia/Noongar educator Rhys Paddick and political campaigner/communications strategist Emma Gibbens are here to teach you how to make a meaningful acknowledgement, without fear. It's running through NAIDOC Week (and beyond!) and available to anyone who can make it over Zoom—find more details here.
Cover image by Peter Hyatt.