The theme for NAIDOC Week 2016 is 'Songlines - The Living Narrative of our Nation', celebrating the importance of dreaming tracks, or ‘songlines’, in Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture. Songlines trace the travels of ancestral spirits who ‘sung’ the land to life.
Kwinana NAIDOC Week officially kicks off with the NAIDOC Opening Day at Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre on Monday, 27 June.
Over the last few weeks, students at primary schools throughout Kwinana have been busy learning Noongar words and phrases with local Elder Mrs Marie Taylor. The students have written the words they've learnt on hundreds of origami birds that will be displayed at the NAIDOC Opening.
The Kwinana NAIDOC Week Opening Day will be full of activities for the whole family to learn about local aboriginal culture. Starting with a Welcome to Country and traditional Smoking Ceremony, there will be performances, presentation of NAIDOC Awards and the opening of the Albert Windie Art Exhibition.
“NADIOC Week is an opportunity for us to come together and recognise those in our community who work tirelessly preserving the stories and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people," said Mayor Carol Adams.
"As one of the oldest continuing cultures in the world, we are proud to celebrate NAIDOC Week each year in Kwinana.”
Kwinana NAIDOC Week 2016 Calendar of Events
Nightfields Children’s Sport
When: Friday, 24 June
Time: 5:45pm to 8pm
Where: Orelia Oval
Free sport activities for kids including soccer, basketball, football and netball, plus a traditional meal of roo stew and damper.
Moorditj Kaartdijin – Spectacles Tour with Elder Trevor Walley
When: Sunday, 26 June
Time: 1pm to 3:30pm
Take a free guided tour of the Spectacles Wetlands with Elder Trevor Walley. Dance by the Yonga Boys, learn about bush tucker, listen to stories seated around the fire and participate in tree planting.
Meet at Spectacles Amphitheatre. Park at McLaughlan Road carpark and walk through the gate, following signs to amphitheatre (300m walk).
Presented by Friends of the Spectacles
Kwinana NAIDOC Week Opening Day
When: Monday, 27 June
Time: 9:30am to 1pm
Where: Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre
Join us for the official launch of the NAIDOC celebrations with a Welcome To Country and a Smoking Ceremony, followed by performances, presentation of NAIDOC awards and the launch of the Albert Windie Art Exhibition.
Kwinana Little Peeps NAIDOC Ball
When: Wednesday, 29 June
Tme: 6pm to 8pm
Where: Ken Jackman Hall, Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre
Free ball for children up to 11 years including finger food, DJ, games and prizes. Limited tickets available. Book by 27 June. Parents must remain with any children who are aged 0 to 6 years old. This is a fully supervised event. Photographs will be taken of attendees. If parents do not want their children to be photographed, please inform photographers on the night.
Bookings: 6164 0501 or 6164 0506
Documentary Screening – The Living Narratives of Our Community
When: Thursday 30 June
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Where: Koorliny Arts Centre
City of Kwinana in partnership with FTI (Film and Television Institute) is showcasing documentaries of local Aboriginal families. This event will also include a Q&A where the audience can engage with the story holders and learn about their experiences. Free event, bookings are required.
Moorditj Koort NAIDOC Ball
When: Friday, 1 July
Time: 6pm to 11:30pm
Where: Medina Hall
Tickets: $50 each including a meal and live entertainment. 18+ event. Option to pay off tickets.
Kwinana NAIDOC Week is supported by the City of Kwinana, Relationships Australia WA, Headspace, Australian Red Cross and ATCO Structures & Logistics.