Voice. Treaty. Truth.
Hip hop tracks, native bush foods and Eddie Mabo are among the events planned for NAIDOC Week (7-14 July) in the south.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and this year’s theme is “Voice, treaty, truth – let’s work together for a shared future”.
Aldinga Library will play host to four informative and interactive events (most of them free), although two activities – the Introduction to the Kaurna Language and the Aboriginal Art Workshop – have now sold out.
Hip hop music – produced by local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth through a new City of Onkaparinga music and mentoring program, Southern Deadly Sounds – will also be launched to the world, focusing on the NAIDOC Week theme.
City of Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson says NAIDOC Week isn’t just an occasion to be celebrated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“The week is a perfect opportunity to get along to a diverse range of events, to have fun, support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and to learn something new about the oldest continuing culture on the planet,” Mayor Thompson says.
Put the following dates in your diary and get your crew together.
When: Wednesday 10 July
Where: Aldinga Library
Cost: $15, bookings essential
Join authors Damien Coulthard and Rebecca Sullivan as they share their inspirational journey to create Warndu Mai (Good Food). and their mission to put native Australian ingredients in every kitchen!
Enjoy delicious tastings from some of the truly local recipes in Warndu Mai. Local boutique wine bar Sourc’d will be on hand to help you select a glass of perfectly matched wine available for purchase on the night. Copies of Warndu Mai will be available to purchase. Suitable for adults.
When: Friday 12 July, 2-4pm
Where: Aldinga Library
Cost: Free, bookings essential
Join us for a special screening of a film about Eddie Mabo and his fight against the doctrine of terra nullius and the acknowledgment of native title rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Film is rated PG, suitable for ages 12+. Refreshments provided.
Respect and unity
Kaurna elder Georgina Williams speaking at the NAIDOC Mayor's reception and morning tea on 4 July.