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Because of her, we can! NAIDOC Week 2018

Alice Stapleton

This NAIDOC week from 9-15 July, Canberrans have plenty of opportunities to celebrate in indigenous culture.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have fought and continue to fight for equal rights, rights to country, for access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate their culture, language, music and art.

Indigenous women play a significant role at the community, local, state and national levels and for that, the 2018 NAIDOC week will be held under the theme of Because of Her, We Can!

Indigenous women’s role in Australia’s cultural, social and political landscape and history has often been uncelebrated or diminished. But this year, their achievements, their voices and their unwavering passion and strength which has empowered past generations will at last be given the respectful platform that it deserves.

Art for Lunch: Healing circles – National Gallery of Australia

On Thursday 12 July, the National Gallery of Australia will be conducting Healing Circles’, which is a guided meditation session in The National Picture for NAIDOC Week as part of the Winter Wellness program.

This activity is free and will go from 12.45 pm-1.30 pm.

To book a spot for this activity, visit their website.

Hands-on History – Australian War Memorial

What do servicemen and servicewomen wear? What do they eat? What jobs do they do? The Australian War Memorials exciting hands-on history program answers these questions and more.

Try on uniforms, handle real objects, and learn about the service of an Indigenous family across three conflicts as part of NAIDOC Week.

Find out more on the website

Art on Canvas community workshop – Westfield Woden

From 11 am-1 pm on Tuesday 10 July, Westfield Woden will be hosting a hands-on Indigenous craft experience where kids and adults can join in and help create three pieces of unique indigenous artworks.

Learning about aboriginal symbols and creating dream time stories will be the focus of the three workshops which will run for 45 minutes each.

Find out more on the website

Sketchy Wednesday- National Gallery of Australia

On Wednesday 11 July, the National Gallery of Australia will host a free supported drawing session inspired by Indigenous works to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

This activity will go from 2 pm-3 pm and booking is not required, although you will need to supply your own drawing materials.

Find out more on the website


On Thursday 12 July, The ANU Pop Up will be hosting a concert created by the ANU Indigenous Department to celebrate NAIDOC Week with some deadly Indigenous women enchanting you with their voices.

The concert will go from 6.30 pm-10 pm, with tickets costing $20 for concession and $30 for standard tickets.

To find out more, visit the event on Facebook

NAIDOC Week 2018 Community Celebration – Alfred Deakin High School

Alfred Deakin High School will host their NAIDOC week celebrations on Tuesday 10 July which will be a free day of fun for everyone with live music, performances, displays, children’s workshop, BBQ lunch, stalls and more.

Find out more on the website

Corroboree Beats – Belconnen Community Gallery

On Wednesday 11 July, Belconnen Community Gallery will be showcasing the paintings and sculptures of the Canberra Institute of Technology Yurauna students to celebrate NAIDOC week. This exhibition forms a part of the Belconnen Community Gallery series, “RESPECT”.

With the local Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve helping our endangered Corroboree Frog, the cultural arts students have created unique artworks to showcase their passion for the frog and its important place in our community of wildlife.

The formal celebration is being held on Wednesday 11 July at 12 pm during NAIDOC Week and the exhibition will run from June 19 – July 13.

Find out more on the website

NAIDOC Community Art Exhibition – Community Services #1

From 9-13 July, The NAIDOC Community Art Exhibition will be showcasing work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Corrections clients and Alexander Maconochie Centre detainees.

The exhibition shows how art can be used as education, therapy and business with the money from sales of artworks going directly toward supporting the artists’ rehabilitation and assisting their reintegration into the community.

Find out more on the website.


Alice Stapleton

Alice Stapleton is a born and bred Canberran woman and soon to be graduate from the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Journalism. With the world in her hands and a whole lot of life to live, Alice spends her spare time outside of studying and working in hospitality looking for new adventures and opportunities to explore her creative side. More about the Author