In 2020 we hosted NAIDOC at NCIE in the most unique way yet.

The week-long virtual celebration featured deadly online events and panel discussions with so many community members getting involved.

This year’s NAIDOC theme, ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, recognises the First Nations people who have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

Read more about NAIDOC 2020 and this important theme on the NAIDOC website.

Virtual Smoking Ceremony and CEO Welcome, Monday 9 November

To kick off the celebrations a virtual opening ceremony was shared across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Check it out below!

Anger to Action Panel Discussion, Tuesday 10 November

On Tuesday 10 November we hosted a live panel discussion, ‘Anger to Action’. This discussion featured prominent thought leaders who talked about how we can best channel our energy into constructive outcomes and real change for community.

Our panellists were Malyangapa and Barkindji artist Barkaa, Gamiliaraay man Mick O’Loughlin from IndigenousX and activist Vanessa Turnbull Roberts. Will Trewlynn, CEO of BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation facilitated this discussion.

Check it out below!

Story Time with Luke Carroll, Wednesday 11 November

On Wednesday 11 November we hosted a live-streamed storytelling session with the deadly Luke Carroll!

Luke is a regular host of Australia’s longest running children’s show, Play School, and it was so wonderful to share this event with our young people.

Luke read books provided by our friends at the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Check it out below!

NAIDOC at NCIE 2020 artwork was designed by Charmaine Mumbulla from Mumbulla Creative, last year’s National NAIDOC poster winner.

Caring for Country Panel Discussion, Wednesday 11 November

Later on Wednesday we hosted our second panel discussion, ‘Caring for Country’.

This was an excellent opportunity to reflect on and engage with this year’s NAIDOC theme, ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’.

Our panellists were Skye Trudgett, Blak Impact Lead at NCIE, Wiradjuri woman, Associate Professor Megan Williams and our CEO Clare McHugh. The panel was moderated by NCIE’s Indu Balachandran.

Thank you to everyone who celebrated NAIDOC at NCIE with us. Happy NAIDOC, you mob!

Thank you to City of Sydney for supporting NAIDOC at NCIE 2020.