NAIDOC Week: Voice Treaty Truth

June 24, 2019

Link Housing looks forward to celebrating NAIDOC Week with this year’s theme: “Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future”, between 7 and 14 July.

The theme derives from “Voice. Treaty. Truth.” being the three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme also ties in with 2019 being the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. So, it’s time for Indigenous knowledge to be heard – through voice.

NAIDOC Week, held each July, celebrates and acknowledges the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia. The occasion is also a great opportunity for all Australians to recognise and find out more about the Indigenous history and culture of the communities in which they live.

Link Housing acknowledges that observing NAIDOC Week is important because as an organisation, we believe in the need for all Australians to have a greater cultural awareness and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

We also have staff and many residents whom are Indigenous. Our staff will celebrate NAIDOC Week through various cultural activities, such as an art workshop with respected Aboriginal artist Bibi Barba, whom we will collaborate with on an artwork; and viewing documentaries about inspirational Indigenous Australians.

Recently, Link Housing began embarking on our own journey of establishing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to provide a framework for our organisation to support the national reconciliation movement. Have a look at our journey here.

We invite you to attend the many free NAIDOC Week events in your community:

City of Ryde

  • Monday, 8 July, 11am: NAIDOC Week – Opening Ceremony, West Ryde Plaza
  • Wednesday, 10 July, 6.30pm: NAIDOC Week – Never Heard That at School, Ryde Library
  • Thursday, 11 July, 7pm: NAIDOC Week – Citizenship Ceremony, Civic Hall
  • Saturday, 13 July, 10am and 12.30pm: NAIDOC Week – Guided Walk, Glades Bay

North Sydney Council

  • Thursday, 4 July to Wednesday, 17 July: Gai-Mariagal Festival/NAIDOC Week – Maruku Arts exhibition, InTransit Art Space, North Sydney Council Chambers
  • Thursday, 11 July, 1.30pm: Gai-Mariagal Festival/NAIDOC Week – Tapalinga with Majeda Beatty, Stanton Library Kidzone
  • Friday, 12 July,10.30am: Gai-Mariagal Festival/NAIDOC Week – Meet Outspoken Auntie Millie, Crows Nest Centre

Northern Beaches Council

  • Thursday, 27 June, and Thursday, 4 July, 1pm: Gai-Mariagal Festival/NAIDOC Week – Weaving Bridges Project Workshops, Warringah Mall Library
  • Tuesday 9 July, 10.30am: Gai-Mariagal Festival/NAIDOC Week – Smoking Ceremony and Artwork Unveiling, Queenscliff Surf Club

Inner West Council

  • Monday, 8 July, 11am: NAIDOC Week – Hello Holidays: Drawing workshop with illustrator Dub Leffler, St Peters Library
  • Tuesday, 9 July, 10am: AbSec’s NAIDOC Family Fun Day, Steel Park
  • Tuesday, 9 July, 6.30pm: Celebrating NAIDOC Week – Virtual Songlines: Kamay, St Peters Library
  • Thursday, 11 July, 2pm: NAIDOC Week – Hello Holidays: Gwenda Stanley presents – Sharing culture, Ashfield Library

City of Sydney

  • Sunday, 7 July, 10am: Aboriginal Heritage Tour, Grand Drive, Centennial Park
  • Friday, July 12, 10am: NAIDOC at NCIE – the 10th year of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence hosting a community NAIDOC event, 180 George St, Redfern
  • Saturday ,13 July, 11am: NAIDOC in the City – enjoy a lunchtime feast of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and achievements, Hyde Park North
  • Plus, many more events

Hornsby Shire Council

  • Friday 12 July, 1pm: NAIDOC Week – Meet the Author: Julie Janson, Hornsby Library
  • Friday, 12 July, 2.30pm: NAIDOC Week – Jodie Freeman – Modern Aboriginal Art Exhibition Launch, Hornsby Library

Ku-ring-gai Council

  • Tuesday, 9 July, 10am: Children’s Storytime and Illustration Workshop, Caley’s Pavilion Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden
  • Wednesday, 10 July, 10am: Gai-mariagal Festival/NAIDOC Week – Dreamtime Storytime with Featherdale Wildlife Park, Gordon Library
  • Friday, 12 July, 10am: Bush Tucker Discovery, Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden