‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ – How to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2020

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NAIDOC: National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance CommitteeNAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. We note that the term “Aborigine” is an outdated and derogatory term.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

The theme this year is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’. This phrase recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

Here’s how you can take part in the week:

Attend a NAIDOC event

Use Indigenous Educational Resources

SBS Learn partnered up with NAIDOC Week 2020 to provide discussion questions, practical activities, clips and more for teachers. Why not explore and bring some of these resources into your own homes?

If you didn’t learn much about Indigenous culture in school, it’s not too late to learn now.

Buy from Blak Businesses

Beauty & Clothes

When purchasing clothes from Indigenous businesses, if you’re not Indigenous you probably shouldn’t be wearing a “Blak girl magic” tee… read more on what not to wear from Gammin Threads.

Magpie Goose

Faebella

Dilkara

Liandra Swim

Clothing the Gap (check out the Ally Friendly label for non-Blak people)

Haus of Dizzy

Gammin Threads

Ginny’s Girl Gang

Deadly Denim

Books

Teach kids about the Stolen Generation with Archie Roach’s book Took the Children Away

Growing up Aboriginal in Australia by Anita Heiss

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe

My Tidda, My Sister by Marlee Silva

Gifts

Warlu Arts

Little Black Duck

Game Enough

Paperbarklove

Kadu Designa Earrings

Lakkari Pitt

Consume Blak Media

If you’re not already consuming Black media, Netflix has teamed up with NAIDOC to “share the mic”. Across Netflix, NITV/SBS and ABC, a wide variety of TV shows, documentaries, movies and new and live content will be on display.

NETFLIX

  • Wrong Kind Of Black
  • Sweet Country
  • Mad Bastards
  • Satellite Boy
  • Toomelah
  • Our Law
  • Goldstone
  • The Sapphires
  • Top End Wedding

NITV and SBS ON DEMAND

  • Big Mob Brekky
  • Going Places with Ernie Dingo
  • Rabbit-Proof Fence
  • Gurrumul

ABC iVIEW

  • Freeman
  • Total Control
  • KGB
  • Black Comedy
  • Dark Place

Learn the history of where you live

 And the big one: Continue to fight against deaths in custody.

Sarah Gore

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