This year’s theme – Because of Her, We Can! – NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July. 

As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play – active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women fought and continue to fight, for justice, equal rights, our rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art. 

They continue to influence as doctors, lawyers, teachers, electricians, chefs, nurses, architects, rangers, emergency and defence personnel, writers, volunteers, chief executive officers, actors, singer songwriters, journalists, entrepreneurs, media personalities, board members, accountants, academics, sporting icons and Olympians; the list goes on. 

They are our mothers, our elders, our grandmothers, our aunties, our sisters and our daughters.  Sadly, Indigenous women’s roles in our cultural, social and political survival has often been invisible, unsung or diminished.

NAIDOC Week Activities

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  • To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018 the City will be exhibiting selected works from its Art Collection by Indigenous women artists, alongside  Our Place, Our Time, an exhibition of paintings and sculpture from remote desert communities presented by Artitja Fine Art.

    The Art exhibition will be on display on the second floor of the City of Melville Civic Centre from Monday, 9 July to Sunday, 15 July 2018. A small number of works will be for sale.

    The City’s Art collection includes works by:

    • Gloria
    • Julie Dowling
    • Laurel Nannup
    • Sandra Hill
    • Janine McAullay Bott
    • Mukayi Baker
    • Djidy Djidy Aboriginal Women’s Group

    Exhibition 8 – 15th July 2018

    2nd Floor Gallery, City of Melville, Civic Centre, Almondbury Rd, Booragoon

    Open M-F 10.00am – 4.00pm, weekends 10.00am – 2.00pm

    For more information visit or call 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666


  • Tuesday 10 July 2018

    The City of Melville in conjunction with UWA School of Indigenous Studies is proud to present Indigenous author, Sabrina Dudgeon-Swift.  She will be sharing her story, Lilli and Shadow in Trouble, a story of friendship, family and sticking together. This magical story is full of adventure and will have you wondering what’s going to happen next. The session is a blend of author talk, group brain storming and role playing.

    Suitable for ages 5 and above.

    This is a free session.

    Bookings essential.

    11.00am – 12noon  Bull Creek Library.  Reserve your place online or phone 9364 0150

    1.00pm – 2.00pm  Wireless Hill Museum.  Reserve your place online or phone 9364 0158

  • Any time at Wireless Hill

    Yagan’s Genunny Spend time these holidays exploring our local Indigenous culture by walking Yagan’s Genunny.  This heritage trial is located at Wireless Hill Park and highlights the local Nyoorgar people’s connection to Wireless Hill.  Along this walk there are seven signs which share stories about the hill’s different uses, areas of significance and how the hill connected to the Nyoongar people from Kura (the past), yeye (the present) and boorda (the future).

    Pop into the museum for a copy of the Heritage Trail map and enjoy the walk with whole family.

    For other children's activities at Libraries and Museums during the school holidays visit the Escapade web page

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