NAIDOC Week Celebrations 2019 7 - 14 July
NAIDOC Week is a special time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.
This year’s theme is VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH.
The Indigenous voice of this country is over 65,000 plus years old. They are the first words spoken on this continent. Languages that passed down lore, culture and knowledge for over millennia. They are precious to our nation.
It’s that Indigenous voice that include know-how, practices, skills and innovations - found in a wide variety of contexts, such as agricultural, scientific, technical, ecological and medicinal fields, as well as biodiversity-related knowledge. They are words connecting us to country, an understanding of country and of a people who are the oldest continuing culture on the planet.
For generations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have looked for significant and lasting change.
Let's work together for a shared future #NAIDOC2019
- Download the 2019 NAIDOC Week program for Ballina Shire.
- Media Release - NAIDOC Week Celebrations 2019 in Ballina Shire
NAIDOC CELEBRATION WEEK WALK
Monday 8 July (meet 9.30am for 10am start)
Starting at Ballina RSL Club
Meet at the Ballina RSL Club carpark for a 10am start. Walk along River Street to the Ballina Visitor Information Centre for the official ceremony. Refreshments, BBQ, stalls and games will be staged in the carpark behind the Visitor Information Centre, and morning tea will be provided for community Elders in the Richmond Room.
NAIDOC SPORTS DAY
Tuesday 9 July 10.00am – 3.00pm
Seagulls Rugby League Grounds
Enjoy sporting activities, traditional Indigenous games, stalls and BBQ lunch for 4 to 14 year olds
NAIDOC Movie Night
Tuesday 9 July 5.30pm – 9.00pm
Southern Cross Public School Hall
Free Open Air Cinema night for kids to celebrate NAIDOC Week
CABBAGE TREE ISLAND DAY
Wednesday 10 July 10.30am – 2.00pm
Cabbage Tree Island
Free event with special Jarjum activities, Elders games, weaving and other cultural activities and service stalls
BUNJUM CULTURAL FAMILY DAY
Thursday 11 July 10.00am – 3.00pm
Missingham Park Amphitheatre
Free event with cultural activities, arts, crafts, music and special guest speakers. Part of the ceremony will include the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) Awards.They will also be running bus tours to local significant cultural sites.
NAIDOC JARJUMS DISCO
Thursday 11 July from 5.00pm
Free disco for the jarjums, with some great prizes and a free bus service available. Juniors from 5pm-6.30pm and seniors from 7pm-9pm.
NAIDOC AWARDS & DINNER DANCE
Friday 12 July from 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Cherry Street Bowling Club
Awards presentation, buffet dinner and dancing with live band.
ANNUAL NAIDOC ART EXHIBITION
Sunday 7 July – Thursday 11 July
Lennox Head Community Centre
A vibrant exhibition featuring diverse works by Aboriginal artists living and working in the Northern Rivers. The event launch will be held on Sunday 7 July from 11am to 12noon. Exhibition hours are Monday to Wednesday 11am to 4pm and Thursday 9am to 4pm.