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NAIDOC Week will be celebrated from Sunday 8 November to Sunday 15 November in 2020.  NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

This important week is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as the oldest continuing culture on the planet.

The Always Was, Always Will Be theme of NAIDOC Week 2020 acknowledges our nation’s story began at the dawn of time and not with documented European contact. NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace and acknowledge the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, our first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, astronomers and artists. The rich 65,000+ year history of this country has been criss-crossed by generations of brilliant Nations.

In particular during NAIDOC week, Fleetwood acknowledges, and pays tribute to the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate:

  • Yugambeh people who are the traditional custodians of the Logan area of South East Queensland
  • Cabrogal people of the Darug Nation as the original inhabitants of Fairfield City
  • Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung people of the Kulin Nation
  • Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, which includes the Gunung Willam Balluk clan
  • Wurundjeri Willum Clan
  • Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Eastern Kulin Nation
  • Kaurna people who are the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains
  • Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation who are the traditional custodians of High Wycombe and East Perth

For further information on the NAIDOC 2020 theme please visit: https://www.naidoc.org.au/get-involved/2020-theme