ANTaR – Naidoc Week


July 8th – 15th  NAIDOC Week

July 12th 1971: Aboriginal Flag first flown in Adelaide

Welcome to the July eNews! It’s a big month – NAIDOC Week kicks off this weekend.

Under the theme  “Because of Her, We Can!” NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July.

As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play – active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

Find out more and about events happening around the country here.

On 12 July, 1971, a new flag flew proudly over Australia as the red, yellow and black Aboriginal flag was hoisted in Adelaide’s Victoria Square for NAIDOC day (National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee day).

Read more about this historic event here.

Image:Getty Images AFP photo Nicolas Asfouri

Check out more news and events you can get involved in below!

In solidarity,
the ANTaR Victoria team.


Treaty Bill passed

Photo: AAP

Victoria has passed Australia’s first treaty bill, setting up a path for the government to one day ratify agreements with Aboriginal people.

The Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 passed the Legislative Council on Thursday, June 7.

It allows for the creation of a representative body, elected by Aboriginal Victorians by mid-2019, that will help design the treaty negotiation framework.

Read more about it here.

ANTaR Victoria releases new campaign: “Victorians for Treaty”

Photo: Students at Wesley College St Kilda adding thumbprints to the ANTaR treaty scroll after a talk by ANTaR volunteers.

‘Victorians for Treaty’ is ANTaR Victoria’s latest campaign. The action aims to educate non-Aboriginal Victorians about the treaty process taking place between Aboriginal Victorians and the state of Victoria.

“The success of the Treaty process requires non-Aboriginal Victorians to support and understand the legislation,” said Co-Chair, Brigid Knight-Braniff.

In order to promote Treaty, ANTaR Victoria will publish material about the Treaty process and the historical and cultural context in which it has taken place.

Treaty discussions will take place around the state in the coming months hosted by ANTaR Victoria, government and other organisations.

Read more about this exciting new campaign on our website!

Federal seat of Batman to be renamed after indigenous rights leader, William Cooper

Photo: Descendants of William Cooper in front of a memorial statue in his honour. (NITV)

The Australian Electoral Commission has ‘unanimously agreed’ to rename the federal seat of Batman in honour of Indigenous rights campaigner William Cooper.

The boundaries of 22 electoral divisions will also be modified. Read more about it here.

Monday 2 July NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony

Photography by Moorina Bonini

The annual Flag Raising Ceremony officially marks the beginning of  Vic NAIDOC Week.

It brings members of the community together to publicly commemorate the importance of Vic NAIDOC week.

The event honors connection to culture, country, and language of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country and a moment of silence for our people who have gone before us.

Read more and see more pictures here.

Friday 6 July NAIDOC March

Image: Copyright The Flash Mob

Join us for the pre-march festival from 9am for food, juice, coffee, banner making, face painting, musical entertainment and Indigenous stall holders.

The March will commence at 11:45am from Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) and conclude at Federation Square.

We welcome all people, councils, organisations, and businesses to come and march with us.

Click here for more information.

Friday 6 July Bangarrook – “Woman”
8pm at Northcote Social Club

Baggarrook is Wurundjeri for ‘woman’.

This year’s NAIDOC theme, ‘Because of Her We Can’, focuses on the importance of Indigenous women in our communities each and every day. The role of our women will always be a sacred and special one of the highest importance.

Join us for this one-night-only special event celebrating the talent of our women. We will be showcasing many of Naarm’s emerging women poets and musicians amongst our community.

Click here for more information.

Saturday 7 July “Which way home”
Presented by Mildura Arts Centre & ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

Image: Steve Rhall

A road trip comedy 80,000 years in the making

Tash and her Dad are going on a road trip. Home to country, where the sky is higher and the world goes on forever.

It’s a long way from the wide streets and big old houses of Tash’s childhood. Two Black faces in a very white suburb. Dad still thinks he’s the king of cool, but he’s an old fella now. It’s time for Tash to take him home.

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company tells stories about what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today. Infused with humour and heart WHICH WAY HOME draws on writer Katie Beckett’s own memories of growing up with her single Aboriginal father.

Click here for more information.

Wednesday 11 July NAIDOC Family Day at the Farm

Image: Aboriginal Housing Australia

The day includes Emu feather crafts, boomerang painting, jumping castle, face painting, football clinic, Hip Hop dancers, bush animal weaving, BBQ lunch, cultural performances and much more.

We invite you, your family and friends to join us for a fun filled day of music, dance, cultural and children’s activities, as we celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Click here for more information.

Now showing until July 13 “Next Matriarch”


Next Matriarch hosts a conversation between seven Aboriginal women who reflect the next wave of Sovereign female voices in Australian contemporary art.

Artists: Paola Balla, Ali Gumillya Baker, Hannah Brontë, Miriam Charlie, Amrita Hepi, Nicole Monks, and Kaylene Whiskey.

Calling on the strength of women past, present and future, the exhibition presents new and recent photography, painting, video and installation works by leading artists from across Australia.

Click here for more information.

Thursday 21 July-30 September Blak Design Matters

From fashion, interiors, and product design to landscape, architecture and town planning, the exhibited projects will interrogate how Indigenous design is defined, received, and made visible in Australia’s contemporary design landscape, asking the question, what is meaningful Indigenous design and why does it matter?

Click here for more information.

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