We’re celebrating NAIDOC Week and this year’s theme is “Heal Country!”.
Join us this July for a host of virtual experiences, including an event in partnership with Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria, podcasts, storytimes, talks and more to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage. Come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.
See below for details of what’s happening over the course of NAIDOC Week.
Movie Night – Crocodile Dreaming
Friday 2 July, 6.30pm at Pakenham Library
Join us for an intimate movie screening with acting favourite, David Gulpilil, as two estranged brothers separated through parentage and cultural identity come together after the removal of a sacred stone turns a small community in Arnhem Land upside down.
Light refreshments provided – bookings essential
Online Storytime with Aunty Fay Muir
Monday 5 July, 11am, online via Zoom
Join us for a special Zoom storytime to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2021. Listen as Boonwurrung and Wamba Wamba Elder, Aunty Fay shares her now beloved story books Respect and Family with us online on Zoom.
Suitable for children of all ages, families welcome.
Connecting Two Worlds with Samantha Roberts
Monday 5 July, 1pm and Friday 9 July at 2pm at Cranbourne Library
We are so lucky to have Wurundjeri & Dja Dja Wurrung woman, Samantha Roberts, coming to Cranbourne Library during NAIDOC Week to help us learn about Aboriginal culture. The session will cover Acknowledgement of Country, Flags & Tribes, Show & Tell, Traditional Art & Symbols, Dreamtime stories, Dance & Song.
First Nations Bushfoods And Plant Uses: A Livestreamed NAIDOC Week Event With The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Wednesday 7 July, 1.30pm, Streamed Live on our Facebook page and YouTube Channel as well as on the RBGV Facebook page
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s Aboriginal Learning Facilitators invite everyone to a virtual experience that explores Aboriginal knowledge, connection and uses of native plants from across Australia.
Learn how plants are closely connected to Aboriginal culture as well as how traditional bushfoods can be used in our cooking today. The experience will visit the How to Garden, in Cranbourne Gardens, where RBGV Facilitators will showcase a variety of bushfoods and conduct a Q&A to inspire you to start your own bushfoods garden.
Heal Country! YA Book Group
Wednesday 7 July, 4pm on Zoom
Join us on Zoom for NAIDOC 2021 Heal Country! as we read the award winning novel, ‘Ghost Bird’ by Lisa Fuller. Collect your copy of the book from the library before July 7th and get reading!
Storytime with Author Thomas Mayor
Friday 9 July, 1pm – Online via Zoom
Join us online for a special Zoom Storytime with author Thomas Mayor as he shares his picture book Finding Our Heart- A Story about the Uluru Statement for Young Australians (Illustrated by Blak Douglas), a book about understanding Australias past, so we can have a shared future.
Book Matters Podcast
This month the Casey Cardinia Libraries Book Matters Podcast celebrates Naidoc Week. We will be speaking to YA author and Yuin writer Gary Lonesborough about his novel
The Boy From the Mish, a story that explores the intersectionality of sexuality and race as well as Gary’s love of comics and connection to country. We also share some recommendations of the latest offerings from Australian First Nation Authors.
The episode will be available to listen to from July 4th.
Casey Cardinia Libraries acknowledge the Bunurong and Wurundjeri Peoples of the Greater Kulin Nation upon whose ancestral lands the libraries are based.
Casey Cardinia Libraries recognise Indigenous Australian people as the first people of this continent, and understand that the history and knowledge developed over many thousands of years by Indigenous Australian people was severely disrupted by colonisation.
Colonisation has contributed to: the dispossession of Indigenous Peoples from their lands; the dispersal and relocation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; the disruption of culture, spirituality, lore, custom and languages; the removals of children from families; and sustained impact on the socio-economic wellbeing of our first peoples.
We must recognise what has happened in the past in order to build a positive future for our whole community. By working towards reconciliation and taking practical steps, we will grow stronger together.