‘Rise!’ It’s time for a joyful celebration of culture

A series of events will take place in the region to celebrate NAIDOC Week, as part of a call for justice, equity and recognition for First Nations people.

From raising the flag to family days and art exhibitions, many events and activities will mark the week, from July 3 to 10.

This year’s theme is “Arise! Rise! Show Up!’, which calls on the community to mobilize for systemic change and to continue to support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative and cooperative reforms.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said NAIDOC Week was a highlight of the local events calendar.

“The Sunshine Coast Council remains committed to ensuring that we have strengthened working relationships with First Nations peoples and continue to advance reconciliation,” he said.

“The updated Reconciliation Action Plan underscores our continued commitment to promoting self-determination for First Nations peoples with a focus on providing equitable economic, employability and educational opportunities within the organization.

Community Portfolio Advisor David Law said he was looking forward to the range of events taking place in the area for NAIDOC Week.

“NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the culture, heritage and proud history of the First Nations community to stand up, stand up and show off,” he said.

“The theme for 2022 invites us to act decisively and shape a future based on justice, equity and the proper recognition of First Nations peoples.

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“The council is committed to building a strong community, including long-term and meaningful engagement with traditional custodians and First Nations communities as part of the Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041 and our Corporate Plan 2021-2025.”

The NAIDOC Week celebrations will begin with an NAIDOC Week Flag Raising Ceremony, to be held at Nambour Forecourt, outside the Eddie De Vere Building (Council Chambers in Nambour) at the corner of Currie and Bury Streets, at Nambour on Monday July 4 at 9 a.m.

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Families celebrate raising the NAIDOC flag in 2021.

NAIDOC Week Events

Lyndon Davis: Djagan Yaman

This is Lyndon Davis’ (Kabi Kabi) first major solo exhibition. He is an internationally renowned artist, educator and cultural performer. Born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, Lyndon’s artistic practice represents his deep connection to country music. The exhibition brings together painting, objects, moving image and sound.

Where: USC Art Gallery, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs.

When: Until Saturday August 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Hall: Free. For more information, visit USC Art Gallery.

Hayley MillarBaker

There we were all in the same place is an exhibition on the early career of cross-cultural artist Hayley Millar Baker (Gunditjmara). There we were all in the same placebrings together these five bodies of work for the first time to examine how Millar Baker uses photography and storytelling to rewrite history and assert the authority of memory and experience across generations

Where: USC Art Gallery, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs.

When: Until Saturday August 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Hall: Free. For more information, visit USC Art Gallery.

Veiled Stories: Jennifer Herd (MBarum) and Joanne Currie Nalingu (Gungurri)

Two extraordinary visual storytellers are honored with this exhibition. This is a curated collection of works by acclaimed Indigenous artists Jennifer Herd (MBbarum) and Joanne Currie Nalingu (Gungurri). The exhibition captures their enduring artistic careers – from Jennifer’s shields as a metaphor for strength and protection, to Joanne’s distinctive linear patterns symbolizing her deep spiritual connection to the river.

Where: Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra.

When: From July 1 to August 21, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The launch is June 30 at 6 p.m.

Hall: Free. Registration is required for the launch. For more information, see Caloundra Regional Gallery.

Sunshine Coast Libraries Celebrate NAIDOC Week

Sunshine Coast Council Libraries will host a range of activities and provide resources through NAIDOC.

Where: Various places, see Sunshine Coast Libraries.

When: From Sunday July 3 to Sunday July 10, various times, see Sunshine Coast Libraries.

Hall: Free. For more information, see Sunshine Coast Libraries.

Raising of the Sunshine Coast Council NAIDOC FlagThe Sunshine Coast Council invites the community to attend its annual flag raising ceremony. This civic event showcases the First Nations community of the Sunshine Coast by emphasizing the importance of the First Nations connection to the country, their values ​​and their culture.

Where: Forecourt of the Nambour Library, Cnr Currie and Bury streets, Nambour.

When: Monday, July 4, from 10 a.m.

Hall: Free. To register and to more information, visit Eventbrite.

Wan’diny NAIDOC Family Fun Day

Wan’diny is hosting a family fun day for NAIDOC week. There will be plenty of action, including cultural workshops, live music, interactive booths and more.

Where: Quota Memorial Park, Mathew Street, Nambour.

When: Saturday July 9, from 10 a.m.

Hall: Free. For more information, see Wan’diny NAIDOC family fun day.

For more information on NAIDOC week on the Sunshine Coast, visit, Sunshine Coast Council – NAIDOC.

James C. Tibbs