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NAIDOC Week 7-14 July 2019

This year’s NAIDOC week theme of VOICE.TREATY.TRUTHrefers to three of the key elements to the reforms set out in the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’, representing unified positions of First Nations Australians such as a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution and a Makarrata Commission to supervise treaty processes and truth-telling.

‘Makarrata’ is a Yolngu word capturing the idea of two parties coming together to heal the past and acknowledge that something has been done wrong in order to make things right.

This year’s theme is in alignment with ‘United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages’ which aims to promote and protect Indigenous languages and improve the lives of those who speak them.

Cairns NAIDOC Week Program of Events 2019

This year's NAIDOC program runs from 29 June - 11 July and is proudly supported by the Cairns Regional Council in partnership with Cairns NAIDOC committee to promote and raise awareness of NAIDOC Week within the Cairns region.

Big Talk One Fire Indigenous Cultural Festival

Date: Sat 29 Jun
Time: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Location: Fogarty Park, Cairns Esplanade

Cost: FREE

Contact: Peter Lenoy 4041 6152

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NAIDOC first5forever Storytime: Manunda

Date: Wed 3 Jul
Time: 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Manunda Library, Raintrees Shopping Centre.

Cost: FREE

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NAIDOC first5forever Storytime: Edmonton

Date: Thu 4 Jul
Time: 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Edmonton Library, 175 Bruce Hwy, Edmonton.

Cost: FREE

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Where to from Uluru? Statements from the heart

Date: Thu 4 Jul
Time: 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: Bluewater Room, Level 1, Pullman International, 17 Abbott Street

Cost: FREE. Please RSVP by July 1 as seats limited.

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Freshwater Saltwater Indigenous Art Exhibition

Date: Thu 4 Jul
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: UMI Arts Gallery, Jensen St, Manoora

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Cairns NAIDOC Week Opening and Friday in the Park

Date: Fri 5 Jul
Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Contact: Lynette Dewis 0402 612 013

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Cairns NAIDOC March - Be Loud, Be Proud

Date: Fri 5 Jul
Time: 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Contact: Joshua Flaherty 0402 622 588

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Kunjur First Nation's Mens' Collective

Date: Sat 6 Jul
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cost: FREE

Contact: Bernard Sabadi 0401 934 060

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NAIDOC Combined Church Service

Date: Sat 6 Jul
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Living Light Church 171 Lake Street, Cairns

Cost: FREE

Contact: Pastor Yodie Batzke 0415 542 120

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Industry Connect Regional Workshop

Date: Sat 6 Jul
Time: 10:30am - 3:00pm
Location: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

Cost: FREE. Please register as places are limited.

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Cairns Elders' Luncheon

Date: Sat 6 Jul
Time: 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: South Cairns Cutters Club House, Cnr Roberts and Bicentennial Roads.

Cost: Please register as places are limited.

Contact: Donna Dewis

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NJY Charity Bush Tucker Dinner and Film Premiere

Date: Sat 6 Jul
Time: 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Location: Cairns Dinner Theatre, Reef Hotel Casino, 45/31 Wharf Street.

Cost: $65/head (limited numbers)

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Emily Wurramara @ The Tanks

Date: Sat 6 Jul
Time: 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Location: Tank 5 – The Tanks Arts Centre, Collins Ave, Edge Hill

Cost: $25 /$20 (concession and youth 13-17 years) prices include booking fee [Rated PG]

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IMF Cairns NAIDOC Fun Run

Date: Sun 7 Jul
Time: 6:30am - 11:00am
Location: Cairns Esplanade, Pirate Ship

Cost: FREE. Please register.

Contact: Nadine Hunt 0439 774 548

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Cairns NAIDOC Afternoon Tea

Date: Mon 8 Jul
Time: 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Lockhart Room, Cairns Colonial Club.

Cost: $50 per person. $10 per ticket will support local non-for-profit organisations.

Contact: Shehana Friday 0487 607 951

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Cairns NAIDOC Trivia Night

Date: Mon 8 Jul
Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Location: Brothers Leagues Club, Presidential Room, Anderson Street.

Cost: $60 per team (max 6 per team) includes entry and nibbles.

Contact: Natalie Barney

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Cairns NAIDOC Breakfast

Date: Tue 9 Jul
Time: 6:45am - 10:30am
Location: Grand Ballroom, Pullman International, 17 Abbott Street

Cost: $50 per person / $360 for table of 8

Contact: Sarah Sellin 0455 776 440

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Indigenous Big Serve: 9 -10 July

Date: Tue 9 Jul - Wed 10 Jul
Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Cairns International Tennis Centre, 356 Sheridan St, Cairns North.

Cost: FREE.

Contact: Keiryn Lenoy 0437 377 329

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NAIDOC first5forever Storytime: Earlville

Date: Tue 9 Jul
Time: 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Earlville Library, Stockland Shopping Centre, Earlville,

Cost: FREE

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NAIDOC first5forever Storytime: Smithfield

Date: Tue 9 Jul
Time: 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Smithfield Library, Cheviot St, Smithfield.

Cost: FREE

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Tjapukai NAIDOC Open Day

Date: Tue 9 Jul
Time: 11:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Cost: FREE

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Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF)

Date: Wed 10 Jul - Sun 14 Jul
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
Location: Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, TANKS Arts Centre and various other venues.

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World Storywaters by Michael Quinn

Date: Wed 10 Jul
Time: 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Smithfield Library, 70 Cheviot St, Smithfield

Cost: FREE

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Wuchopperen Health Service Community NAIDOC Day and 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

Date: Wed 10 Jul
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Wuchopperen Health Service Limited, 6 Moignard Street, Manoora

Cost: FREE

Contact: Joanne De Vries 07 4080 1000

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Cairns NAIDOC Family Fun Sports Day

Date: Thu 11 Jul
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Shang Park, Shang Street, Mooroobool

Cost: FREE

Contact: Naomi Moke / Troy Agombar / Chris Coutts 4222 5236

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NAIDOC High Tea

Date: Thu 11 Jul
Time: 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: The Shangri-la Hotel, Cairns

Cost: $90pp Full Price Table Service | $55pp - Seated Entry Only (20 Seats Only) | $55 / Exhibitor

Contact: Donna Corrie 0457 328 280

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NAIDOC at Mount Sheridan Plaza

Date: Sat 13 Jul
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Mount Sheridan Plaza, Bruce Highway, Mt Sheridan

Cost: FREE

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NAIDOC Youth Ball

Date: Sat 13 Jul
Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: The Shangri-la Hotel, Cairns

Cost: $70pp (Payment by Cash, EFT, Invoice) | $75pp (Payment by PayPal)

Contact: Donna Corrie 0457 328 280

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Australia's First Peoples

Australia's First Peoples are represented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have different and distinct languages, histories and cultures.  Read more about the culture and history of the First Peoples of the Cairns area.

Cairns Regional Council respects the First Peoples who are the Bama – the Aboriginal rainforest people who are traditional custodians/owners of the lands that cover our region. We also acknowledge other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who call our region home.

All Council services, programs and information are available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to use so that they can participate fully in community life. It is Council's commitment to provide services and opportunities that are respectful and accessible to all members of our community.

Our Council was one of the first local governments in Queensland to have developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This RAP forms the base of our commitment to help strengthen and build relationships and understanding between First Peoples and non-indigenous people within our organisation and throughout our region.

The First People's Advisory Committee (FPAC) meets several times a year to provide comment, feedback and direction on issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities to Council.  FPAC provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the Cairns local government area to be part of a key group contributing to make a difference.

Council also seeks to create and provide opportunities that support and improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Funding opportunity

Community groups, organisations and associations are invited to submit an application to access up to $4000 to help with events held as part of NAIDOC Week 2019 (7 - 14 July).

NAIDOC Week grant round is open to Not for Profit Community groups and individuals who wish to create an event that celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

NAIDOC Week events, activities and programs should align with the National NAIDOC Theme: VOICE.TREATY.TRUTH’. This year’s theme is in alignment with ‘United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages’ which aims to promote and protect Indigenous languages and improve the lives of those who speak them.

Successful grants will be funded to a minimum amount of $400 and a maximum amount of $4000.

Application forms can be found at www.cairns.qld.gov.au/online/grants

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Services Unit on 4044 3095 or community_development@cairns.qld.gov.au to discuss their application prior to submission.

NAIDOC Week and National Reconciliation Week

Cairns Regional Council is proud to support the annual celebration of both NAIDOC and National Reconciliation Week activities and events throughout the region.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and support our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.  NAIDOC originally stood for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'.  This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrated between 27 May to 3 June each year,  is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

You can find out more information by visiting the NAIDOC and Reconciliation Australia websites.

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Last updated: 19 June 2019