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2020 NAIDOC Week

Always Was, Always Will Be.

While Western Sydney University understands that the Official NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations will be held from the 8-15 November, we have decided to continue with the following activities between 5-12 July 2020.  We will look to hosting a NAIDOC event in November should COVID restrictions permit.

Always Was, Always Will Be. recognises that First Nations People have occupied and cared for our country for over 65,000 years.

We are spiritually and culturally connected to this country.

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.
First Nation Peoples engraved the world’s first maps, made the earliest paintings of ceremony and invented unique technologies.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the world’s oldest oral stories.

Our knowledge of Country enables 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.

As reflected on the NAIDOC organising committee website, 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 were those belonging to First Nations Peoples.
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 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.

As part of NAIDOC Week celebrations at Western Sydney University, all staff and students are invited to take part in the annual  NAIDOC Week Quiz, which runs from 5 July through to the 19 July 2020. Winners will be publicized on the OATSIEE NAIDOC Quiz Winners web page.

Western Sydney University Staff and Students will have the chance to win the following prizes:

1st Prize - $150 JB HI-FI Voucher
2nd Prize - $100 JB HI-FI Voucher
3rd Prize - $50 JB HI-FI Voucher

NAIDOC Week 2020 Activities