NAIDOC Week 3-10 July 2022

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NAIDOC Week 3-10 July 2022
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Published 8 June 2022

Welcome to Country

Woollahra Council acknowledges that the first people of this area are the Aboriginal people of the Eora Nation. Council is committed to working together with all members of the community to support reconciliation and encourage acceptance and respect for a diverse range of cultures.

Ray Ingrey, Chairperson of the Gujaga Foundation, explains the significance of Welcome to Country and showcases a traditional Aboriginal dance performed by the Gamay Dancers.

NAIDOC Week 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.

NAIDOC Week 2022 will be held from Sunday 3 July to Sunday 10 July with the theme - Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! calling for a genuine commitment by all of us to support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative reforms. Read more about the 2022 theme.

Woollahra Council acknowledges we are on the land of the Gadigal and Birrabirragal people, the traditional custodians of the land. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. During NAIDOC Week you'll see a range of colourful street banners around our local area promoting NAIDOC Week and acknowledgment of country.

We’re celebrating NAIDOC Week with a range of events for all ages:

Heart in Art Exhibition at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf

The Heart in Art exhibition is a collaboration between Woollahra Council and First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation to coincide with the National Indigenous Art Fair and NAIDOC Week. The exhibition showcases First Nations artists working in some of the most remote art centres in Australia and provides Sydney-siders with the opportunity to experience the breadth and depth of their practices. The exhibition will include painting, works on paper, sculpture, video and ceramic works from some of Australia’s leading art centres.

22 June 2022 - 10 July 2022

Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf
Open Wed - Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm and Sat and Sun: 10:00am-5:00pm

Free event. More information.

Heart in art gallery

NAIDOC Week Story Times at Woollahra, Paddington and Watsons Bay Libraries (3-5 years)

Join us for Story Time as well as craft as we share some lovely stories about, written or illustrated by Indigenous Australians.

Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult or carer while in the library.

Free events. No booking required.

Woollahra Library at Double Bay

Wednesday 29 June 2022, 10:30am - 11:30am

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Watsons Bay Library

Tuesday 28 June 2022, 10:30am - 11:30am

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Paddington Library

Friday 1 July 2022, 10:30am - 11:30am

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Paddington Library 

Sunday 3 July 2022, 10:30am - 11:30am

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Children listening to story

Indigenous Stories and Bush Craft

Experience Aboriginal storytelling and craft with our Indigenous Stories and Bush Craft event presented by Koori Konnections, for ages 5-12.

Wednesday 6 July, 10.30am - 11.30am

Woollahra Library at Double Bay

Free event. Book now

Children taking part in bush craft activity

NAIDOC in Centennial Park 

We are delighted to be partnering with Waverley and Randwick councils to celebrate NAIDOC Week. Join this special NAIDOC event as we celebrate history, culture, and achievements of our First Nations peoples.  Witness an immersive welcome ceremony, storytelling and dance performances by Brolgas Dance Company. At the closing of the event, join Education Rangers on a guided spotlight tour of Lachlan Swamp or have a yarn around the campfire.

Friday 8 July, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Loch Avenue South (behind Dickens’ Statue)

Free event. Find out more.

Centennial Park NAIDOC

NAIDOC Week Conversation: Peter Cooley CEO First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation

This NAIDOC Week, Woollahra Council is proud to present a conversation between La Perouse based CEO of First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation Peter Cooley and Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf Coordinator Sebastian Goldspink.

The two will discuss the current exhibition Heart in Art presented in association with the National Indigenous Art Fair and Peter’s wider work across the intersection of culture, the environment, art and Aboriginal self-determination.

Saturday 9 July 2022, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf

Free event. Book now.

Peter Cooley NAIDOC

Artist in conversation - Jasmine Sarin

Join artist, and proud Kamilaroi and Jerrinja woman, Jasmine Sarin in conversation with Woollahra Gallery Coordinator Sebastian Goldspink as they discuss Jasmine's career, creative process and the story behind her work Gadigal Connection, featured on the stairs of Woollahra Library at Double Bay. This is a one-off event.

Thursday 14 July, 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

Woollahra Library at Double Bay

Cost: $10. Book now.

Jasmine Sarin

Recommended Reading

Our library team have put together a NAIDOC Week-themed collection of books and e-books that are available to borrow from our eCollection or off the shelf.

Have a read here.

Learn about the Dharawal language with the Gujaga Foundation and the Gujaga App

Did you know the word “Naggangbi” means “Hello” in the Dharawal language (the language spoken by the traditional owners of Coastal Sydney)?

Discover more about our local Aboriginal culture by downloading the Gujaga App.

We are also working with Gujaga Foundation to introduce Dharawal language classes at Woollahra Preschool from July, helping to give children in the La Perouse Aboriginal community and beyond the opportunity to learn the Dharawal language.

Gujaga culture tutors

Dharawal language and culture tutors: Alan Holten, Tristan Simms and Tarli Mason. Pic: Rob Hookey Photography

Bush Tucker Walks

And don’t forget you can come along to one of our Bush Tucker Walks during the warmer months hosted by Dharawal man and expert horticulturalist Terry Lennis.

Woollahra Aboriginal Heritage Study and our Reconciliation Action Plan

As part of ongoing commitment to reconciliation we’re working with Reconciliation Australia on a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for Council. We adopted the Woollahra Aboriginal Heritage Study in consultation with the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council, last year.

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