Well, what a year it has been so far! The Covid-19 pandemic changed life for all of us this year with events, public gatherings and travel all coming to a sudden halt. Unfortunately, this meant that NAIDOC Week - which is usually celebrated in July - also had to be postponed. But we are thrilled to announce that new dates for NAIDOC Week celebrations have now been announced - the 8th to the 15th of November!
As restrictions begin to ease around the country, life is slowly but surely returning to normal. Being at higher risk than most, the health and well being of us is of paramount importance at times like these. The new dates were selected with this in mind, being late in the year and heading into the warmer months, helping to minimise risk.
This year’s theme “Always was, always will be” has become even more widely shared than we could have anticipated this year, with the recent Black Lives Matter and Indigenous Lives Matter movements going on around Australia and the world, adding yet another layer to the significance to this year’s celebrations.
('Voice of Land' artwork by Loreen Samson)
The National NAIDOC Committee has said that it will make further announcements regarding details in the next few weeks, as they continue to work to ensure that celebrations go ahead in the safest way possible, and with the health of the community as first priority.
You can check out this year’s Life Apparel NAIDOC collection by clicking here, created in collaboration with First Nations artists Rachael Sarra (Goreng Goreng), Loreen Samson (Ngarluma), Corban Williams (Martu, Manyjilyjarra) and Glen Mackie (Kala Lagaw).