Always Was Always Will Be

Always Was, Always Will Be recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

Our NAIDOC Events


Check out all events at our Events Calendar


Eleanor Clapham presents Cheeky Emus

Tuesday 10 November 4.00 pm

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Location: Online, via Zoom,
Event cost: Free. Bookings essential to receive your Zoom invitation.

Contact: Hornsby Shire Libraries
Email: library@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

The Emu is a spirited and cheeky animal; curious by nature and loves getting up to all sorts of mischief when given the chance. Join Eleanor on this fun filled musical adventure to learn all about Emus and their songs, stories and dances.

After an interactive call-and-response style Welcome to Country in Dhurug language, Eleanor will have children learning dances, and enchanted by the stories of Baime, the dark Emu found in the sky, and the legend of the Munduguddah, the rainbow serpent. All students will participate and perform in this dynamic workshop, where alongside fun fact about emus, Eleanor will interweave a message of sustainability, drawing on the practices carried out by her ancestors.

Inspired by her continuing connection to her heritage and informed by her years as the creator and presenter of “Cheeky Tunes”, Eleanor believes that music and play are some of the best ways to introduce students to new ideas and concepts.

How to attend an online event

Book now and we’ll send you a Zoom invitation with all the information you’ll need to join the talk.

If you’ve never attended a talk via Zoom before, the process is very simple.

You’ll need your own free Zoom account to participate. If you don’t have Zoom yet, click here to get started on a laptop or PC, or if you’ll be watching from a mobile device download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app from the App store or PlayStore.


Monty Pryor

Friday 13 November 4.00 pm

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Location: Online, via Zoom,
Event cost: Free. Bookings essential to receive your Zoom invitation.

Contact: Hornsby Shire Libraries
Email: library@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

In this performance award-winning author, musician, prolific storyteller, and now filmmaker, Boori Monty Pryor shares his unique perspective on the world. Combining humorous tales from his life experiences, Dreamtime stories, and instructive anecdotes, this presentation offers an insight into the multi-faceted reality of modern-day Indigenous culture.

Boori punctuates his storytelling with the music, dances and language of his family and his home. By combining traditional elements of performance with his contemporary stories, Boori helps students better understand both the past and present culture of First Nations People.


The Schools Reconciliation Challenge Exhibition at Barangaroo

We are very proud  to invite you to Barangaroo to see the Schools Reconciliation Challenge finalists artworks for 2019. The exhibition continues the existing tradition of International Towers’ support of young Indigenous talent, and of the broader dialogue surrounding reconciliation.

The Schools Reconciliation Challenge Exhibition is open to the public from August 4 until the end of NAIDOC week 15 November .

7.30am – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday in the International Towers (Lobbies 2 & 3) at Barangaroo.

Why not make a day of it  visit the Barangaroo precinct it’s full of art, restaurants and special sites.


Pathways to Reconciliation Exhibition – Caring for Country

The Pathways Program; Art and Storytelling as a pathway to reconciliation was supported by the City of Sydney’s Cultural and Creative Grants and Sponsorship program and the Inner West Council’s Community Wellbeing grants program. Five exhibitions will be launched during NAIDOC week. These exhibitions will be visible to the community, the works will be hung on the outward facing side of the school fences of Tempe, Kegworth, Fort St, Newtown and Bourke St Public Schools. Come and see the artworks and writing by school students, each of them attended 3 workshops which introduced them to Caring for Country concepts in their local areas with Uncle Jimmy Smith (Wiradjuri), Dance and Ceremony with Kerry and Maci Johnson (Wiradjuri) and explored yarning circles where the subjects included identity, reconciliation, hopes and dreams.


Schools Reconciliation Challenge; Caring for Country Exhibition Launch

Join us for the launch of the Schools Reconciliation Challenge 2020 Caring for Country Exhibition. See the finalists artworks from 30 schools across NSW and read their moving poetry and stories about Caring for Country and what that means to them. Come to the launch or view the exhibition from Friday 6th of November at www.schoolsreconciliationchallenge.org.au.

You’re Invited

Join us for the live launch on Zoom at the Powerhouse Museum with a Welcome to Country and messages from the Hon. Don Harwin, Minister for the Arts and Aboriginal Affairs and the Hon. Sarah Mitchell, Minister of Education.

Date: Tuesday 10 November

Time: 10.30  AM

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Nov 10, 2020 10:30 AM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Topic: Schools Reconciliation Challenge

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://zoom.us/j/96909827747?pwd=SnkraE1HVVdTNW96OENjanVHMkRPdz09

Meeting ID 96909827747

Passcode: 9217

We also have this helpful how to connect guide for video conferences


First Law Justice: Land, Living Waters and Indigenous Peoples’ Wellbeing

Virtual Building Bridges 2020 by Reconciliation Western Sydney

11 November 7.15pm for a 7:30pm start – 8:30pm

Aunty Anne Poelina, Nyikina Warra Traditional Custodian and Guardian of the Martuwarra (https://martuwarrafitzroyriver.org/) – tbc


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