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This year's National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) will commence on the Sunday 8th - Sunday 15th November 2020.

Townsville NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to join together and recognise the valuable and continuing contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have made to this country.

NAIDOC Week is a celebration of significant reconciliation and closing the gap process between Indigenous and Non Indigenous people by promoting understanding, acceptance and harmony - regardless of cultural background. This also continues to strengthen new and existing partnerships. It is through these partnerships that we can lead and raise broader community awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures.

What's Happening This Year

Unfortunately events have been cancelled and we are waiting on funding applications and COVID restrictions for others to proceed.


  • Flag Raising Ceremony Sun 8th November – TBC

  • March and Deadly Day Out –
    Cancelled due to COVID restrictions
  • Elders Luncheon – TBC
  • NAIDOC Dinner – TBC

Townsville NAIDOC Week

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Gallery: 2018 Breakfast

2018 Flag Raising

2018 March and Deadly Day Out

Being a Volunteer?

The Townsville NAIDOC Committee are calling for volunteers to register to help at the Deadly Day Out.

2020 National NAIDOC Theme

Always Was, Always Will Be.

Always Was, Always Will Be. recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

We are spiritually and culturally connected to this country.

This country was criss-crossed by generations of brilliant Nations.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.

Australia has the world’s oldest oral stories. The First Peoples engraved the world’s first maps, made the earliest paintings of ceremony and invented unique technologies. We built and engineered structures - structures on Earth - predating well-known sites such as the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge.

Our adaptation and intimate knowledge of Country enabled us to endure climate change, catastrophic droughts and rising sea levels.

Always Was, Always Will Be. acknowledges that hundreds of Nations and our cultures covered this continent. All were managing the land - the biggest estate on earth - to sustainably provide for their future.

Through ingenious land management systems like fire stick farming we transformed the harshest habitable continent into a land of bounty.

NAIDOC Week 2020 acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or 1606 - with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula.

The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples.

Our coastal Nations watched and interacted with at least 36 contacts made by Europeans prior to 1770. Many of them resulting in the charting of the northern, western and southern coastlines – of our lands and our waters.

For us, this nation’s story began at the dawn of time.

NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations.

It’s about seeing, hearing and learning the First Nations’ 65,000+ year history of this country - which is Australian history. We want all Australians to celebrate that we have the oldest continuing cultures on the planet and to recognise that our sovereignty was never ceded.

Always Was, Always Will Be.

Proudly Sponsored By...

  • Townsville City Council
  • Northern Regional Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Corporation
  • Alliance Rehab
  • Community Gro
  • Qld Gov
  • Life Without Barriers
  • Stocklan Logo
  • Qld Youth Services
  • Watpac
  • Lendlease
  • Indigenous Business Australia
  • Kmart
  • Holcim

    Contact Details

    • Postal:

      PO Box 1594
      Townsville, QLD Australia 4810
    • NAIDOC Townsville - Chairperson:

      0434 473 850 (Eddie)

    Important

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that this web site may contain images of deceased people.

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    Townsville City Council
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    Alliance Rehab
    Community Gro
    Qld Gov
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    Qld Youth Services
    Lendlease
    Watpac
    Indigenous Business Australia
    Kmart
    Holcim
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