National NAIDOC Week (8-15 November 2020) is a time to embrace the history of this country. A history which dates back 65,000 years and recognises how First Nations people have cared for and shaped the spirit, culture and uniqueness of Australia. The NAIDOC Week theme this year Always Was, Always Will Be, asks all to reflect on the ways that First Nations culture, languages and knowledge plays a part in the past, present and future.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held around the country each year. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which became the name of the week itself. The week has its roots in the 1938 Day of Mourning. Check out the NAIDOC history timeline.
Australians from all walks of life celebrate NAIDOC week. Some ideas to get you started:
- Display the National NAIDOC Week 2020 poster around your workplace or school.
- Start your own hall of fame featuring Indigenous Australian role models.
- Make your own Indigenous trivia quiz – try this quiz by the ABC.
- Visit local Indigenous sites of significance or interest - including a Bora Ring and Axe Grinding Grooves - with council’s Cultural Heritage Discovery Guide.
- Research the traditional Indigenous owners of your area with Sunshine Coast Councils First Nations Cultural Heritage.
- Watch stories of First Nation peoples from the across the region.
- Familiarise yourself with protocols for Welcome to Country / Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners and Elders.
- Search the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Businesses Directory.
- Find out how Sunshine Coast Council supports First Nations people through the First Nations website.
- See more annual dates of cultural significance on Queensland Government’s Department Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (DATSIP) website.
Top First Nations books
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, navigators, engineers, farmers, botanists, scientists, diplomats, astronomers and artists. Read these books to find out more about First Nations achievers.
Top Sunshine Coast First Nations books
Kabi Kabi and Jinibara people are the traditional custodians of the Sunshine Coast whose lands and waters shared by all.
- Kabi Kabi Sites and History of the Legendary Mount Coolum by Ray Kerkhove
- Aboriginal cultural sites Lower Maroochy & Mooloolah Rivers : some research findings by Ray Kerkhove
- Caloundra and Duck Holes aboriginal sites and history : some historical conclusions by Ray Kerkhove
- The statesman, the warrior and the songman by Alex Bond
- Kabi Kabi kids : stories from under the Bunya by Kerry Neill
- First Nation's Warrior's Shield artists Lyndon Davis and Brent Miller
- Dictionary of the Gubbi-Gubbi and Butchulla languages by Jeanie Bell
- June Bond (nee Hutton) oral history interview
- "Milestones" from Durundur to Woodford : 1841-2000 by Woodford Historical Society
Top First Nations eBooks:
- Welcome to Country: An Introduction to our First Peoples for Young Australians by Marcia Langton
- Talking to My Country by Stan Grant
- The Tears of Strangers by Stan Grant
- Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture by Bruce Pascoe
- Born to Run by Cathy Freeman
- A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition by Noel Pearson
- Jack Charles: Born-again Blakfella by Jack Charles
To get started download the ePlatform by Wheelers and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and passwords. Need help setting up your device for eBooks? Watch this video tutorial.
Libraries love these First Nations eAudiobooks
- Salt: Selected Stories and Essays by Bruce Pascoe
- Gulpilil by Derek Rielly
- Johnathan Thurston: The autobiography by Johnathon Thurston
- A Man Called Yarra by Robert Hillman and Stan Yarramunua
- Growing up Aboriginal in Australia by Anita Heiss
To get started, download the BorrowBox and Libby apps, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password. Need help setting up your device for eAudiobooks? Watch this video tutorial.
View artworks by First Nations people through the Sunshine Coast Art Collection and council’s First Nations artworks by local artists.
Get Streaming First Nations eMovies on Beamafilm:
- The Australian Dream (MA 15+) – Indigenous AFL legend Adam Goodes and his powerful story about race, identity and belonging.
- Zach’s Ceremony – Zach must embrace the traditions and knowledge of his ancestors
- Gurrumul – one of the most important and acclaimed singing voices to ever come out of Australia.
- Namatjira Project – the story of the Namatjira family, founders of the indigenous art movement in Australia.
- The Song Keepers – four generations of women take back the hymns that were given to their ancestors by German missionaries but in their own language.
Set up a soundtrack featuring First Nations singers and musicians on Freegal:
- The Secret Daughter soundtrack featuring Jessica Mauboy
- Sunday by Jessica Mauboy
- Nhulunbuy Fire Chants by Peter Maffay and Mandawuy Yunupingu
- Treaty ‘98 and more by Yothu Yindi
- ReStylin’ Up 20 Years and more by Christine Anu
- The Great Country Songbook and more by Troy Cassar-Daley
- Bran Nue Dae soundtrack featuring Dan Sultan and Jessica Mauboy
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Sunshine Coast Council acknowledges the Sunshine Coast Country, home of the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples, the Traditional Custodians, whose lands and waters we all now share.
We commit to working in partnership with the Traditional Custodians and the broader First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) community to support self-determination through economic and community development.