NAIDOC is ‘National Aborigines' and Islanders' Day Observance Committee’.
The City of Bayswater acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging who have cared for Country for thousands of years and who continue to care for Country today.
NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Each year, to celebrate NAIDOC Week, the City hosts and supports a range of free community celebrations.
To learn about the significance of the land on which we live, work and play today please listen to:
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.