NAIDOC Week 2020 events:

Flag Raising

Acknowledgment of Country and Aboriginal flag will be raised in Vincent Street Daylesford by Erica Higgins, member of HSC RAP Advisory Committee.

Clunes Booktown on Sunday

Sunday 8 November 4pm

Conversation with Indigenous Writers’ Prize Winner, Tony Birch, discussing his new novel  ‘The White Girl’ with HSC Arts Culture and Reconciliation Officer.

Tony Birch shines a spotlight on the 1960s and the devastating government policy of taking Indigenous children from their families.

For information and bookings for this free online event go to Clunes Booktown.

Language & Landscape

Council are highlighting the connection between language and landscape in the context of ‘Always was Always Will be’

This years NAIDOC theme recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. 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. NAIDOC 20 invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country.


Enjoy hearing about the first language of features familiar to us in the landscape. In the videos we visit Dja Dja Wurrung Country, Wadawurrung Country and Darumbal Country.

Dja Dja Wurrung Country: ‘Leanganook: His Teeth’ –

Wadawurrung Country: ‘There are four A’s in Ballaarat’ –

Darambul Country: ‘The name that’s worth the fight, for the old people and the young ones too’ –

The Koori Culture Map

Explore cultural customs, watch animations of important creation stories, listen to language and visit special sites on Jaara, Bangerang and Wamba Wamba Country to gain an understanding of the richness and diversity of Koorie culture across Victoria.

Hepburn Shire Council is incredibly excited to share some of the outcomes created through a collaboration with Sharing Stories Foundation and the Jaara community led by Uncle Brien and Uncle Rick Nelson.  The beautiful animations and artwork accessible through the maps’ Jaara icon,  were produced with young people at The Meeting Place @nalderun and @spbendigo.

Watch Senior Jaara Cultural Custodian Uncle Rick Nelson on Jaara Country, sharing cultural knowledge and stories from the Nelson family.

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