Published on 12 November 2020
Always Was. Always Will Be. This year’s theme is about celebrating that First Nations people have always occupied and cared for our Australian continent and always will be. The theme Always Was, Always Will Be acknowledges that hundreds of Nations and cultures covered this continent. NAIDOC week recognises and celebrates that our nation begun way before European contact. NAIDOC 2020 is about inviting all Australians to embrace the true history of Australia.
Camden is located on the custodial lands of the Dharawal people. Camden sits at the intersection of three tribal boundaries. The people of the Camden town location, the western Cowpastures and the adjoining mountainous areas were Gundungurra. The eastern Cowpastures were Tharawal, and the people to the northeast of the Nepean River were Dharug. To read more about the history of Camden you can visit the Camden History website.
This year Camden Council has worked with a number of people to celebrate NAIDOC week. Some of the events include:
- Virtual Flag Raising and Mayor’s message;
- Glenda Chalker – Virtual Welcome to Country;
- Jo Tanginoa – Dharawal language segment;
- Children’s Acknowledgement to Country with Binyang the Bookasauraus;
- NAIDOC Week Storytime;
- Hamani Tanginoa – a young person’s perspective on NAIDOC; and
- Jo-Ann Wolles – Goanna Hut Bush Tucker – online demonstration.
To learn more about Aboriginal stories and culture, why not download our Children's Paint The Town REaD NAIDOC book list, all books can be borrowed from Camden's Libraries.
Remember to continue to check the Camden Council Facebook Page for all the virtual NAIDOC events. Always Was, Always Will Be.