NAIDOC in the City

NAIDOC Week is an important annual event in Sydney. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are intrinsic to our shared story of Sydney, their culture and history permeate our modern city and give it a depth and resonance beyond the everyday.

NAIDOC Week, which runs until 12 July, celebrates the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which grew from the first political groups seeking rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australians in the 1920s.

Those connections continue in the 21st century, and are recognised by the City of Sydney in our Eora Journey project. Sustainable Sydney 2030 - which evolved out of extensive consultations right across the Sydney community - explicitly calls for greater recognition of the special place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Our Eora Journey will tell these stories in a captivating and meaningful way, creating a series of new permanent artworks that celebrate the world's oldest living culture and its significance to Sydney.

The Eora Journey, which translates as "the people's journey", includes public art, support for major events, an economic development plan and a knowledge and cultural centre. The City's Barani website also continues to promote the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture of Sydney.

This year's theme for NAIDOC Week, "We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate", focuses on the strong spiritual and cultural connections Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to the land and sea.

We began celebrations on Monday with a range of family-friendly activities and performances in Hyde Park, including live music, dance, food, art and Australian animals.

One of the highlights was the earth oven cooking demonstrations by one of Australia's most acclaimed Aboriginal chefs, Clayton Donovan. I think it's fantastic that Clayton was able to share his bush tucker secrets and create a genuine traditional feast right in the middle of this 21st century global city.

There are events today and throughout the weekend. I hope you can take part and learn more about our significant Indigenous culture and heritage.

Click here to see the diverse program for NAIDOC Week and take the chance to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the country.

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