ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE.

JUNE 26TH – JULY 4TH, 2020

Always Was, Always Will Be. recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

We are spiritually and culturally connected to this country.

This country was criss-crossed by generations of brilliant Nations.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.

Australia has the world’s oldest oral stories. The First Peoples engraved the world’s first maps, made the earliest paintings of ceremony and invented unique technologies. We built and engineered structures – structures on Earth – predating well-known sites such as the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge.

Our adaptation and intimate knowledge of Country enabled us to endure climate change, catastrophic droughts and rising sea levels.

Always Was, Always Will Be. acknowledges that hundreds of Nations and our cultures covered this continent. All were managing the land – the biggest estate on earth – to sustainably provide for their future.

Through ingenious land management systems like fire stick farming we transformed the harshest habitable continent into a land of bounty.

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.

Our coastal Nations watched and interacted with at least 36 contacts made by Europeans prior to 1770. Many of them resulting in the charting of the northern, western and southern coastlines – of our lands and our waters.

For us, this nation’s story began at the dawn of time.

NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations.

It’s about seeing, hearing and learning the First Nations’ 65,000+ year history of this country – which is Australian history. We want all Australians to celebrate that we have the oldest continuing cultures on the planet and to recognise that our sovereignty was never ceded.

Always Was, Always Will Be.

 

For more information visit the National NAIDOC site

The Broome community was out in force to celebrate the opening of the 2019 Kullarri NAIDOC Festival! Check out some pictures below and make sure you get to the other great community events during NAIDOC!

Kullarri NAIDOC Events
June 26, 2020
  • Reconciliation Walk

    June 26, 2020  9:00 am - 10:00 am

     

  • Opening Ceremony

    June 26, 2020  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

     

July 4, 2020
  • NAIDOC Ball and Awards Ceremony

    July 4, 2020  7:00 pm - 12:00 am

     

For information on how our local schools and training centres are further celebrating NAIDOC for the immediate community please contact them directly:

  • Broome Primary School – 9192 2352
  • Broome North Primary School – 9195 3000
  • Broome Senior High School – 9192 2502
  • Cable Beach Primary School – 9193 5644
  • Roebuck Primary School – 9192 3377
  • St Mary’s College – 9194 9560
  • North Regional TAFE – 1300 996 573

For information on how our remote communities are celebrating NAIDOC please contact the following communities directly:

  • Ardyaloon One Arm Point – 9192 4930
  • Beagle Bay – 9192 4913
  • Bidyadanga La Grange – 9192 4885
  • Djarindjin – 9192 4940
  • Lombadina – 9192 4936