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.
The postponement was aimed at protecting our elders and those in our communities with chronic health issues from the disastrous impacts of COVID19.
On the 6 July, A Flag Raising event will be streamed live from Coffs Harbour City Council MyCoffs Connect Facebook Page, to mark the beginning of the July virtual NAIDOC Week celebrations. The Local Aboriginal Lands Council (LALC), along with Ready Mob and Garlambirla Aboriginal Corporation, have compiled a two week program of virtual events to be enjoyed in July.
Each year the Coffs Harbour area enjoys a full week of NAIDOC activities, entertainment, culture and Aboriginal heritage. A calendar of events is coordinated by the committee at CHASE (Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Social Events), and planned with associated organisations and agencies. Events cover sport, food, art and culture and are open to the whole Coffs Harbour Community and all are welcome.
The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support our local Aboriginal community here on Gumbaynggirr Country.
At the beginning of the week's events, Council holds a Flag Raising Ceremony and Morning Tea on the Monday morning, with local community partners. On the Friday night of NAIDOC Week, Council and the Yandaarra Aboriginal Consultative Committee present the Grace Roberts Community Development 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.
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:
A full schedule of CHASE (Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Social Events) events for NAIDOC week will be available here closer to the week.
Should you require transport or more information regarding CHASE events please call Lachlan Skinner on 0401 239 800.