Celebrate NAIDOC Week 8-15 November 

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Ballarat’s Aboriginal history and the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures will be celebrated by all age groups during NAIDOC Week 2020.

This year’s theme is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’.

NAIDOC Week activities were postponed from July to November and moved to a virtual format, due to COVID-19. 

 NAIDOC Week aims to increase awareness of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The week-long celebrations will provide an opportunity for the wider Ballarat community to learn more about the lives and culture of Indigenous Peoples. 

This year’s program is inclusive of all ages.

Lake Wendouree (near Viewpoint) and Eureka Stockade fountains along with the Town Hall clock face are being lit in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag colours (nightly until 15 November) and the annual Flag Raising (virtual) Ceremony honours the connection to culture, country, and language of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Ballarat residents are also invited to colour in and share photos of their NAIDOC posters which can be downloaded online from naidoc.org.au.  

This free online session will feature special guest Traditional Custodian Barry Gilson and will include Wadawurrung language and story creation.