Published on 07 July 2019


NAIDOC Week (7 to 14 July) celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

It’s a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities to acknowledge and support the first peoples of this nation.

Glen Eira stands on the lands of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation who are the Traditional Owners of the area that makes up the southern and south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

This year, the theme for NAIDOC Week is VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. Let’s work together for a shared future. To celebrate, we are hosting and supporting a range of activities, suitable for all ages.

Celebrating Culture: Contemporary Indigenous Art — Council’s Gallery

Themes of identity, colonisation, personal history, community and the diversity and richness of a significant cultural heritage are explored in this exhibition of works by leading contemporary Indigenous artists.

Indigenous Digital Storytelling By Brett Leavy — Council’s Gallery

Brett Leavy is the founder of Virtual Songlines and heads Bilbie Virtual Lab, a dedicated team of First Nations and non-Indigenous game developers who recreate authentic virtual environments to map Indigenous culture and heritage.

Indigenous round of football

Murrumbeena Football Netball Club will play an Indigenous round of football on Saturday 13 July. To be held at Murrumbeena Park, Indigenous Murrumbeena player Luke James has designed the match-day guernsey that the players will wear.

The Seniors Women’s games will be held at 8.30am and 10.30am. At the conclusion of the 12.15pm Senior Men’s Reserves game, there will be a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony at 2pm. This will be followed by the final Senior Men’s game at 2.30pm.

Even if you are not an Australian Rules Football fan, everybody is welcome to come along to this historic occasion.

Welcome to Country and Possum Cloak

Traditional owner and respected Elder of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Parbin-ata Carolyn Briggs AM features in two videos: Welcome to Country and Possum Cloak produced for Glen Eira and released during NAIDOC Week 7 to 14 July 2019.

Welcome to Country includes the traditional welcome to the land that Glen Eira now sits on.

Possum Cloak provides an overview of the possum skin cloak and its cultural significance to our traditional land owners.

  • Welcome to Country with Parbin-ata Carolyn Briggs AM

  • Parbin-ata Carolyn Briggs AM shares the story of the possum cloak

To celebrate NAIDOC Week an Indigenous Hip Hop workshop was held at Bentleigh Secondary College, put on in partnership with Glen Eira, Bentleigh Secondary College, Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership; and Connect Health and Community. 

  • Indigenous Hip Hop at Bentleigh Secondary College

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