Before I sign off for the day, here's a few things to keep an eye on tonight/tomorrow morning:
- League Nation Live will be coming to you from the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern, with co-hosts Scott Prince and Nathan Appo, along with Cronulla Sharks star Ben Barba and former Dragons legend George Rose - catch the show from 7.30pm tonight
- Sydney's Late Night Library at Customs House will hear from The Mission Songs Project, which features artists Leah Flanagan, Jessie Lloyd and Monica Weightman. The free event runs from 8 - 9pm
- Tune your radio to Triple J on the drive to work tomorrow from 6 - 9am as two of Australia's most critically acclaimed hip hop artists, Briggs and Trials (aka A.B. Original) take over triple j Breakfast.
I'll be back tomorrow with more NAIDOC news.
Over to the west coast now, where WA correspondent Craig Quartermaine has been speaking with the Noongar community at the Midland NAIDOC Day in Perth.
Craig spoke with Noongar woman Di Ryder (pictured below) about her passion for the local area.
'We are the highest population of Noongar people in the metro area here in Midland... There’s a lot of places around here that represent meeting places for us Noongar people and it’s important that we acknowledge that and recognise that this is an important place as far as Aboriginal people are concerned.'
Staying with Nat in the Top End, introducing the 'bike and blend' station, where community can jump on the bike and pedal their way to a healthy drink.
The stall was set up by the Danila Dilba Health Service and the Department of Human services in Darwin city.
Danila Dilba employees Shardae Harris and Karina Kassman (pictured below) will be manning at least six different NAIDOC events across Darwin and Palmerston this week. They say it's their busiest week of the year, but they love it - particularly the chance to meet and speak to so many Darwin community members.
Spotted in Darwin...
NITV News presenter Natalie Ahmat took a snap of this deadly Australia Post truck driving the streets.
In the mood for a quick quiz?
Which talented AFL footballer became the first Aboriginal person to be knighted in 1972? How many Aboriginal languages were spoken before 1788?
Test your knowledge of Australia's First Peoples with this quiz from the Red Cross.
Some more deadly pics and videos doing the rounds this afternoon, including this video of dancers from the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) opening NAIDOC Week on the NSW Central Coast:
Ambulance Victoria is also getting into the NAIDOC spirit...
Not to mention these beautiful images from yesterday's NAIDOC in the City event, courtesy of City of Sydney:
Let's have a quick whip around social media to see what's happening at events across the country...
In Canberra, these Torres Strait Islander dancers have taken the stage at the Marymead community celebration. By all accounts there's a great turnout despite the chilly weather (7 degrees at the moment!):
Parramatta is hosting a range of activities in the lead up to its main event, Burramatta, on Sunday, July 10.
The flags are flying high at Midland in Perth, WA.
And the kids are on centre stage at celebrations in Campbelltown in Sydney.
Loving this pic from the Central Highlands Regional Council!
They're holding an Indigenous All Stars Rugby League match in Emerald at 6pm tomorrow, with special guest NRL great Preston Campbell.
Recognise anyone in this NAIDOC Week poster from 1983?
As it turns out, the young girl pictured is none other than Marngrook Footy Show host Shelley Ware, with her brother Aaron.
A year earlier, her father Bob Ware featured on the 1982 NAIDOC poster:
Shelley describes how she felt featuring on the NAIDOC poster:
'This was an exciting and proud moment for my brother and I, to be able to follow in our father's footsteps was magical to us. I really feel that both of the themes from the NAIDOC posters my family were on are still highly relevant to this day. We still need to talk to each other and listen.'
Read more about the back-story to the photos on Shelley's NAIDOC Week blog.
Here's a quick round-up of some events happening today:
- Midland NAIDOC Day kicks off in Perth at 10am - 2pm, featuring traditional music and dance, free bush tucker, Nyoongar sports and a karaoke competition
- From 4.30 - 6.30pm in at Perth's Midland Junction Arts Centre, check out Born on Country - an exhibition of original artworks, portrait photography, handcrafted dolls and personal stories recognising the last generation of Noongars born on country
- The NSW Central Coast Community Day offers free health checks (with a free jersey on completion) from 10am - 3pm. Learn about local job opportunities while enjoying live entertainment and a free BBQ
- In Canberra, eight community organisations have teamed up for a community celebration from 11am at Marymead, with an Indigenous art display, live performances, BBQ lunch and a 'human library' for conversation and learning
See more events here.
If you're looking for some morning reading, there are plenty of interesting NAIDOC articles floating around this morning.
Over at The Guardian, Paul Daley has penned a comment piece about his journey tracing the ancient songlines of the Yolngu people:
'A song that can tell a story about the creation of the land you’re walking – or driving – over, or even the sea, and the people who’ve traversed it ahead of you, and bring you safely to a destination where you’ve never been before, without an atlas or Google Maps. All you’ve got to do is know the song.'
NITV's Songlines on Screen tells eight of these creation stories through beautiful short films.
Still on the topic of songlines, the ABC has produced this great resource exploring songlines from different parts of Australia.
And Luke Pearson has written an article about the roots of NAIDOC Week for @IndigenousX, with some suggestions for ways to celebrate:
Good morning! I'm back for another day of live NAIDOC Week updates.
In case you missed it, yesterday saw flag-raising ceremonies and official launches across the country, setting the scene for more great community events today.
NITV News presenter Natalie Ahmat is in the NAIDOC 2016 host city of Darwin, teasing us all with this photo of her new studio on Larrakia country:
WATCH: Catch up on last night's NITV bulletin from the NT
We'll check in with Nat again today. We'll also touch base with our Western Australia correspondent Craig Quartermaine to see how the west coast is celebrating NAIDOC, while keeping across all the latest developments around Australia.
Be sure to let me know what you're up to on Twitter using the official #NAIDOC2016 hashtag.