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NAIDOC Week 2020

by Beth Sorensen
NAIDOC Week 2020

At Blacktown Arts, we walk alongside our First Nations Elders and knowledge holders, and we acknowledge the Darug people who are the traditional owners of the Land on which we work.

During NAIDOC Week, we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The theme for NAIDOC Week 2020 is Always Was, Always Will Be, and all Australians are invited to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations. Learn more about NAIDOC Week 2020 here.

This year, Blacktown City Council presents a digital program for NAIDOC Week, and we invite you to join us as we listen to stories, experience culture and celebrate the achievements of Australia’s First Peoples.

Monday 9 November 2020

Welcome to NAIDOC Week 2020 in Blacktown City

Welcome to Country by Uncle Greg Simms

Smoking Ceremony by Uncle Wes Marne

Mayoral Message by Councillor Tony Bleasdale OAM

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Tuesday 10 November 2020

Wagana Aboriginal dancers & Jacinta Tobin at Nurragingy Reserve Aboriginal Heritage Garden

Wednesday 11 November 2020

Meet local Aboriginal artists Danny Eastwood and his son Jamie Eastwood in a series of video interviews. Jamie was the 2019 recipient of the Blacktown City Art Prize for his work Blacktown Native Institution 1823-2018 Then and Now.

Interview with Jamie Eastwood

Interview with Danny Eastwood

Thursday 12 November 2020

Solid Ground presents a performance by Emma Donovan with Evans High School students

Friday 13 November 2020

Local Businesses

See short video interviews with our wonderful local business owners who would normally hold a stall at Council’s NAIDOC Week event.

Filmed by students from Mt Druitt TAFE Community Services Diploma class of 2020. Cinematography: Deborah Mataafa;  Interviewer: Monise Nguyen; Students: Corey Gray, Tully-Marie Bradley, Caleb McMahon , Jacob Santiago Wiliame Lee; Teacher: Pete Carney.

Businesses: Junaya, Street University, Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Corporation, Kallico Catering

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Aboriginal dance workshop with Chantal Kerr

Saturday 14 November 2020

Performance by Montanah

Thirteen year old powerhouse Montanah from western Sydney has got her eye on the future and is building her name as a child prodigy vocalist, advocate and influencer within our community.

This young girl with the big voice is creating change!

Montanah continues to work in collaboration with Jam 4 Awareness, NRL and Westfield as an ambassador to bring awareness to anti-bullying.

Montanah’s self titled single ‘INDESTRUCTIBLE’ is due to be released early next year.

You can find Montanah on Instagram at @montanah.me

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