2020 NAIDOC Week 8-15 November theme:
"Always Was, Always Will Be"
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia usually each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
The November dates this year follow the decision by the National NAIDOC Committee (NNC) to postpone NAIDOC Week from the original July dates due to the impacts and uncertainty from the escalating Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across our communities and cities.
Each year the Coffs Harbour area enjoys a full week of NAIDOC activities, entertainment, culture and Aboriginal heritage. Events cover sport, food, art and culture and are open to the whole Coffs Harbour Community and all are welcome.
On Monday 9 November, A Flag Raising event will be streamed live from Coffs Harbour City Council MyCoffs Connect Facebook Page, to mark the beginning of the 2020 NAIDOC Week celebrations.
On Friday 13 November, Council and the Yandaarra Aboriginal Advisory Committee present the Yandaarra Aunty Grace Roberts Community Awards to acknowledge individuals who, like Grace Roberts have made a significant contribution to enhancing the quality of life of Aboriginal people in the Coffs Harbour area. This year will be a VIRTUAL EVENT due to NSW Government Health requirements in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.
NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN - Click Here for Nomination Form - closing Monday 12 October at 5pm.
2019 Grace Roberts Community Development Awards recipients
Grace Roberts Memorial Community Development Award:
- Brian Bolt
- Lloyd Lynwood (Winner)
- Lachlan Skinner
Academic Achievement Award:
- Michelle Sinclair (Winner)
Sports Achievement Award:
- Jada - Lee Brunton
- Loretta Donovan
- Lily Pade (Winner)
- Malakhi Donovan
Youth of the Year Award:
- Jada - Lee Brunton (Winner)
Arts and Cultural Achievement Award:
- Wendy Craig
- Kimberley Duncan (Winner)
Community Organisation or Business of the Year Award:
- Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre
- A Break Disability and Respite
- Naru Surf Gathering
- Aboriginal Chronic Care - 48 Hour Follow Up Team (Winner)
NAIDOC Week events: