From the desk of Chrissy, Communications Officer.
This coming #NAIDOC week 2nd July – 9th July, there are plenty of educational and celebratory events to be hosted across the South Coast region. Capturing the history of Menang Boodja, maritime history, art and culture, there are many ways to celebrate “Our Elders” and pay respect to First Nations people. Following are details of upcoming events, we will update this post with additional events as they are announced.
NAIDOC WEEK ALBANY KINJARLING/ KINCINNINUP
Albany residents and visitors are invited to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2023: For Our Elders to honour the contribution that local Aboriginal Elders have made to our community. The event features displays from local Aboriginal artists, talks, music and films featuring local Elders.
Join the celebration on Wednesday 5th July 2023 between 10am – 2pm at the Albany Entertainment Centre. Visit the event page for more information.
Supported by Albany Entertainment Centre, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Health, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, Great Southern Development Commission, Forest Products Commission, Southern Ports Authority, City of Albany and Water Corporation.
NAIDOC WEEK ESPERNACE KEPA KURL
Join the Esperance community for an official opening of NAIDOC week, followed by a walk down to the foreshore for a BBQ and activities.
at the Shire of Esperance administration building on Monday 3rd July at 10am,
Held on Monday 3rd July 2023 10am at the Shire of Esperance administration building.
Supported by the Shire of Esperance, WA Police and Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation.
Join Local History Coordinator, Sue Lefroy, as she chats with Glenda Williams about her collection of photographs of Aboriginal people in the Gnowangerup region from the 1920s-1960s.
Held on Monday 5th July 2023 10.30am at the Albany Public Library. Visit the event page for more information and to register.
Supported by Albany Public Library.
MENANG MARITIME HISTORY
Albany’s Menang Noongar community have a rich maritime relationship with the regions coastline, whose stories are now being told through Menang and Maritime History Exploration Evenings.
Held across three enriching evenings with five knowledgeable and engaging presenters, the sessions explore maritime encounters between Menang Noongar and Wadjela peoples.
Join Menang Elders and local historians as they explore ancient Menang culture and history and their long standing connection to the maritime environment. To find out more and to book head to the event page.
Supported by the City of Albany.
ON COUNTRY - OYSTER HARBOUR BOODJA
Visit Menang Boodja with local Menang Elder – Vernice Gillies and discover the technologies of the Oyster Harbour Fish traps and the Djildjit (fish) Harvest of long ago.
Enjoy a morning on the tranquil Oyster Harbour foreshore exploring the rich culture of First Nations peoples.
Held on Weednesday 5th July 2023 10am – 12pm at the Oyster Harbour Fish Traps Yarning Circle. Bookings are essential, call the Museum on (08) 9841 4844.
Supported by Museum of the Great Southern.
Bookings are essential, call the Museum on (08) 9841 4844.
MOVIES AT THE LIBRARY
Ten Canoes is a parable of forbidden love from Australia’s mythical past. Narrated by Australian icon David Gulpilil and starring his son Jamie as the covetous youth Dayindi, TEN CANOES is a ground-breaking glimpse into Aboriginal life centuries before European settlement.
Shot in and around the Arafura Wetlands of Central Arnhem Land, Rolf de Heer and the People of Ramingining have created a pioneering and timeless tale for all people and all cultures.
Winner of six Australian Film Institute Awards including Best Film and winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, this is one film not to miss on NAIDOC week.
Held on Thursday 6th July 2023 12.30pm – 2pm at the Albany Public Library. Visit the event page for more information and to register.
Supported by the Albany Public Library.