NAIDOC 2020 celebrations were originally scheduled to take place from 5th – 12th July, with Wathaurong activities including a community lunch, kid’s day out, community award recipients and NAIDOC ball. With COVID-19 restrictions still in place across the country, the National NAIDOC Committee has postponed national celebrations to November.
Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative have taken the lead of the NAIDOC National Committee and postponed our planned NAIDOC 2020 celebrations, which will now be held from 8th – 15th November 2020.
Wathaurong CEO Lisa Briggs said, “The health and safety of our community comes first and we hope that in November we will be able to celebrate together. NAIDOC week is an important celebration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and we look forward to sharing the acknowledgement of this with a flag raising ceremony on Monday 6th July, which will be streamed through our Facebook page.”
While Wathaurong’s NAIDOC celebrations were postponed till November, the organisation plans to acknowledge NAIDOC week in July with a virtual flag raising ceremony to be streamed live on Facebook on Monday 6th July 2020 at 11am.
The NAIDOC 2020 theme – Always Was, Always Will Be. – recognises and celebrates that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.