About NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday) to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories, and participate in celebrating the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. 

The acronym NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.

NAIDOC Week in the City

The City of Bayswater acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation, and pays its respects to Elders past, present and emerging who have cared for Country for thousands of years and who continue to care for Country today.

Each year, the City hosts a range of free community celebrations to celebrate NAIDOC Week. In 2024, NAIDOC Week will be celebrated from Sunday 7 July to Sunday 14 July.  The theme for 2024 is 'Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud'.

View event details below.

  • 2024 NAIDOC Week Perth Opening Ceremony

Wellington Square, East Perth

Sunday 7 July, 12 – 4pm

The City will have a stall at the 2024 NAIDOC Week Perth Opening Ceremony to share information on current initiatives. Stop by to learn more about the Unearthing the Truth and Place Naming projects.

  • Smoking Ceremony and Community Planting Day

Clarkson Reserve, 48 Clarkson Road, Maylands

Sunday 7 July, 9am – 12pm

Come along to the community planting day at Maylands Samphires and take part in a smoking ceremony. 

  • Storytelling with Noongar Author Jayden Boundry (ages 5 - 11)

Morley Library, Monday 8 July, 12 – 12.45pm

Maylands Library, Tuesday 9 July, 12 – 12.45pm

Bayswater Library, Wednesday 10 July, 12 – 12.45pm

Jayden Boundry is Wadjak Balardong Noongar and Badimaya Yamatji, and the author of the children’s book Noongar Boodja Waangkan: Noongar First Words. Jayden will be speaking about his book, culture and Noongar language.

  • Mammung Documentary Screening and Q&A with Dr Noel Nannup

City of Bayswater Civic Centre, 61 Broun Avenue, Morley

Thursday 11 July 6.30 – 8pm

MAMMUNG tells the story of Western Australia 10,000 years ago, when rapid rising sea levels forced the Indigenous population to adapt to the loss of almost 30 per cent of their land. MAMMUNG explores the living memory that Noongar people hold of this event and follows Dr Noel Nannup in recalling the significance of places now below the sea and explaining the process of change that Indigenous people endured through the narrative dreaming story of MAMMUNG the whale. 

  • Aboriginal Art Workshop with Sarah Weston

Morley Library

Friday 12 July, 10am – 12pm

Learn about stories and traditional symbols, colours and line work used in Aboriginal art while creating your own canvas piece to take home.  Bookings open four weeks prior. 

  • Yarning with Dr Noel Nannup and Community Planting Day

Bardon Park, 18 Fourth Avenue East, Maylands

Saturday 13 July, 9am – 12pm

Join our community planting day at Malgamongup (Bardon Park) and hear stories from Elder Dr Noel Nannup.

  • Noongar Language and Culture Workshop with Carol Foley

Maylands Library

Saturday 13 July, 10 – 11am

Learn about First Nations culture from local Noongar language teacher Carol Foley. Bookings open four weeks prior. 

Videos from the City

The video was made in collaboration with the City of Bayswater, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Baigup Wetland Interest Group. Whadjuk Elders Dr Noel Nannup and Marie Taylor share their traditional Noongar knowledge, customs and stories (Dreamtime) of Baigup Biidii and the ongoing importance of the wetlands.

Balladong, Whadjuk, Nyungar Representative Mr Barry McGuire and Belinda Cox, Kangeang/Bibblemun woman, share their traditional Noongar knowledge and culture of this special bushland; in particular, the importance of smoking ceremonies to heal people and Country, and the medicine and food that the bushland provides.

Proudly supported by the National Indigenous Australians Agency.


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