NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia every July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  

It's a great opportunity to participate in activities to support our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and recognise the contributions they make to the Blue Mountains.

NAIDOC Week 2021 

NAIDOC Week will be held 4-11 July 2021. 
Each year the National NAIDOC Committee selects a theme which provides an opportunity for all Australians to reflect on and celebrate, with this year’s theme being ‘Heal Country!'. Get more information

This is particularly fitting for the Blue Mountains community given the ‘Statement of Recognition and Commitment’ was endorsed by Council in May this year. The Aboriginal Advisory Council began work on the Statement in 2017 and had extensive discussions and consultations to capture First Nation perspectives, local conversations and aspirations.

Council encourages every resident to read, reflect and join in helping to ‘Heal Country’.

Read and Reflect

This year we are adding more adult and kids’ books to Council libraries about First National history and indigenous themes. Borrow a book to learn more. https://library.bmcc.nsw.gov.au.

Join In

It is with sadness and disappointment that the NAIDOC Week activities up to at least Saturday, 10 July 2021 have been cancelled due to current COVID-19 restrictions.

Saturday 3 July – Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony at the Cultural Centre 10:30am - CANCELLED

3 July to 8 August – In Cahoots Exhibition at Blue Mountains City Art Gallery - TO COMMENCE AFTER COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED

Monday 5 July – Morning tea and Flag Raising Ceremony Cultural Centre 8:30am to 10:30am - CANCELLED

 

Saturday 10 July – Lomandra Bracelet Weaving. Storytelling & Kids Craft Workshop. http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/public_programs/naidoc-2021/ - POSTPONED

Saturday 10 July – An Introduction to Traditional Dharug Culture with Chris Tobin at the Library - CANCELLED

Spring 2021 – NAIDOC in The Gully - more details to come about this special community event.