The Mobile Library will arrive late to its first stop tomorrow, Friday 26 July, we expect it to arrive at the Heidelberg West stop by 10.30am.

NAIDOC Week 2024

YPRL Staff

2 July, 2024

National NAIDOC week is 7–14 July

This is an opportunity to learn about  First Nations cultures, histories and participate in celebration of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.  

Each year a theme is selected that represents current issues important to Indigenous peoples. The 2024 theme is 'Keep the fire burning! Blak, loud and proud'. 

This theme celebrates the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture. 

"Keep the fire burning!’ represents the ongoing strength and energy of Indigenous cultures which have been pass on from generation to generation for tens of thousands of years. It also represents the deep connection to each other, to the land and to the traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

While "Blak, Loud and Proud" encapsulates the long-standing celebration of Indigenous identity, it encourages people to embrace and be empowered by their heritage and their place in society.  

Overall, this theme is an advocate for reclaiming narratives, amplifying voices, and maintaining a commitment to justice and equality. It encourages everyone to listen, learn, and engage in important dialogue and, finally, it focuses on fostering a society that fully values and respects the wisdom and contributions of Indigenous peoples. 

To celebrate, Yarra Plenty Regional Library is hosting events across the region that commemorate and recognise the culture, history, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Celebrate First Nations language, culture and community through storytelling, dance and song. Stories will be followed by a fun and creative First Nations inspired craft activity.

 

Create some beautiful Indigenous jigsaw puzzles and colouring activities at the Indigenous Puzzle Morning, Tuesday 9 July, 10.00am—11.30am at Lalor Library.

 

Pop Up Play Group, Wednesday 10 July, 9.30am—11.30am at Whittlesea Library:

Come celebrate with First Nations stories, songs and games.  In partnership with the Whittlesea Playgroup.

 

Author Talk - Reflections on the Voice, Thursday 11 July, 7.00pm—8.00pm at Eltham Library:

Join Professor Andrew Gunstone at Eltham Library for a discussion of his recent book Reflections on the Voice - during and after the campaign. Where he will explore the referendum and its aftermath, with implications for our ongoing national journey of reconciliation.  

 

Author Talk - Astronomy: Sky Country, Thursday 11 July, 7.00pm—8.00pm at Watsonia Library:

Join Kamilaroi educator and aspiring astrophysicist, Krystal De Napoli for a discussion of her book in the First Knowledges series Astronomy: Sky Country, co-authored with Karlie Noon.

 

Dreamtime Rhythms, Sunday 14 July, 11.00am—12.30pm at Eltham Library:

Celebrate the vibrancy of Aboriginal culture with traditional dance, Didgeridoo melodies, storytelling, and artefacts. This event offers a profound journey into Indigenous heritage, honouring its beauty, diversity, and enduring spirit.

 

Connecting with Creatives: Emmy Webbers, Sunday 14 July, 2.00pm—3.00pm at Ivanhoe Library:

Emmy Webbers is a Gunai/Kurnai artist and currently lives on Wurundjeri country. Being able to draw inspiration from family, children, community, culture, and nature has made the multi-disciplinary artist have a distinct and adaptable style.  Emmy will be at Ivanhoe from 10.00am3.00pm. This is a unique opportunity to drop in and meet Emmy, discuss Emmy’s art, process, and watch them in action!

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