NAIDOC 2020

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

NAIDOC Week 2020 acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or 1606 - with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula.

The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples, and our shared history is one of colonisation and dispossession.

Following 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 City of Melville looks forwards to celebrating the contribution of Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists together. Get involved and learn more about the importance of Connecting to Country and Caring for Country through our series of community events.

Walking down the Bidi Katitjiny Aboriginal Women’s trail

Limestone Concerts

A wonderful opening event in celebration of NAIDOC week 2020, join Noongar singer-songwriter Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse as they share storytelling brilliance and incandescent vocals at the opening night of the City of Melville’s Limestone concert series.

Winner of the Best Indigenous Act of 2013 & 2014 at the WA Music Industry (WAMi) Awards and NAIDOC Perth 2014 Artist of the Year, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse connect deeply through the power of song.

Gina sings in Noongar language and brings a modern take on an ancient tradition, merging evocative sounds, acoustic instruments and an incredibly beautiful voice.

Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Limestone Amphitheatre, Booragoon
Cost: Free

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Screenshot from the movie

Willagee documentary screening of In My Blood It Runs - Event Postponed

This event has been postponed due to the weather. Stay tuned for a new date coming soon.

After some incredible wins in 2019 - including protagonist Dujuan Hoosan addressing the UN in Geneva, Parliamentary screenings and sold out festival screenings across the globe (Hot Docs, DOC NYC, SFF, MIFF and more), you won’t want to miss this amazing film screening at the Willagee Movie Night.

Ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages, together we will journey with him as he discovers the resilience and resistance of many generations of his people and faces the history that runs straight into him.

As he shares his wisdom of history and the complex world around him we see his spark and intelligence, yet Dujuan is ‘failing’ in school and facing increasing scrutiny from welfare and the police. As he travels perilously close to incarceration, his family fight to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education lest he becomes another statistic.

We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and somewhere in-between finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self.

Date: Thursday, 10 December 2020
Time: 5.00pm to 9.00pm
Venue: George Humes Park, Willagee
Cost: Free - no bookings required

Yumari Dreaming by Joy Nangala Brown

NAIDOC Week Artist Talk

Hear more from First Nations Artist’s Danni Arnold and Melissa Spillman on their artworks that are now on display on our new fleet of waste trucks.

There will also be a free community BBQ from 5.00pm, and the trucks will be onsite from 3.00pm for those interested in seeing the new artworks in person.

Date: Thursday, 12 November 2020
Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Willagee Library, Corner Winnacott Street and, Archibald St, Willagee
Cost: Free

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