Always Was, Always Will Be | NAIDOC Week

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.

Parrtjima 2020 Virtual Tour

Australians from all walks of life celebrate NAIDOC week. Some ideas to get you started: 

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.


Top First Nations eBooks:

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

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:

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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.