NAIDOC Week 2024

NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

NAIDOC Week (7-14 July 2024) celebrates and recognises the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

The theme of NAIDOC Week in 2024 is Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud. The theme honours the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture – with fire a symbol of connection to Country, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Council is supporting a number of local community activities that will bring the richness of local Aboriginal culture and achievements to light.

Meet the Rainbow Serpent

We’re starting NAIDOC Week celebrations early these school holidays with an exciting wildlife encounter filled with native animals! Children will discover the story of the rainbow serpent as they explore the fascinating world of creatures that feature in Dreamtime stories.

  • Location: Bridge Road Children’s and Community Centre, 260-266 Bridge Road, Strathtulloh
  • Date: Friday 5 July 2024
  • Time: 11am – 12 noon

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NAIDOC Week Film Festival at the Libraries

Taking place across both branches of Melton City Libraries, the NAIDOC Film Festival showcases three films commemorating First Nations peoples achievements and contributions.

  • Location: Melton & Caroline Springs Libraries
  • Date & Time
    • Caroline Springs Library and Learning Hub, 193-201 Caroline Springs Boulevard, Caroline Springs
      • Monday 8 July 2024 @ 1pm – ‘Murundak: Songs of Freedom’
      • Wednesday 10 July 2024 @ 6pm – ‘Undermined: Tales from the Kimberley’
    • Melton Library and Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton
      • Thursday 11 July 2024 @ 6pm – ‘Namatjira Project’

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Arts and craft activities for kids and teens will also be available at the libraries throughout NAIDOC Week.

Djirra in the West – Family Fun Day

Council is supporting Djirra in the West to host a Family Fun Day filled with cultural activities, entertainment, performances, story time, displays and much more.

  • Location: Djirra in West, 1927 Gisborne-Melton Road, Kurunjang
  • Date: Tuesday 9 July 2024
  • Time: 10am – 2.30pm

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