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NITV will be keeping you up-to-date with what's happening around the country during NAIDOC Week. Check in throughout the day for the latest news, photos, videos and info.
Ella Archibald-Binge

6 Jul 2016 - 9:04 AM  UPDATED 6 Jul 2016 - 10:51 AM


I'm about to wind up for the day, but here are a few final notes... 

Our sporting stars were out in force today at NAIDOC events around the country. 

In Melbourne, the Demons' Jeff Garlett, Neville Jetta and Jay Kennedy Harris held a Marngrook footy clinic, joined by former Olympic hurdler Kyle Vander-Kuyp

Meanwhile on the west coast, more than 1000 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander netballers converged on Perth for the NAIDOC 2016 netball carnival, joined by national stars from the West Coast Fever

Plenty of sporting action in south Sydney too, where the Rabbitohs set up camp for the Souths Cares NAIDOC Festival. 

There'll be plenty more NAIDOC activities tonight, including the NT Aboriginal Fashion Showcase at 6pm. Keep an eye on tomorrow's blog for pics. 

Lastly, be sure to watch NITV News at 7.20pm to see a round-up of NAIDOC events across Australia, coming to you straight from this year's host city of Darwin. 

Catch you tomorrow!



Wow what a voice! Check out this acapella rendition of My Island Home, performed at the Mount Isa NAIDOC seniors lunch organised by Gidgee Healing



There are so many great pics floating around today, I'm struggling to keep up!

But can't go past this incredible shot by Adrian Martins of Barapa elder Aunty Esther Kirby near Black Swamp outside of Bendigo, Victoria. 

The North Central Catchment Management Authority is featuring the photo gallery on its social media to celebrate the local Barapa elder for NAIDOC Week. 

They've got plenty of events planned throughout the week - details here



Checking in with Nat in the NT now, who's been speaking with Top End NAIDOC Co-Chair Damien Zammit in the 2016 host city of Darwin.

He says NAIDOC Week is an incredibly important event to him personally:

'NAIDOC means a lot to me, with our history. My grandparents got taken away, and I think coming together and sharing our stories and just catching up with people around a table... you don't often get to do that a lot of times, but we get to do that for a week and celebrate.'

Read more - 5 questions with Top End NAIDOC's Damien Zammit. 

And a quick reminder that Nat is hosting @IndigenousX on Twitter, so be sure to check in throughout the day. 



As promised, here are some gorgeous photos from NITV video journalist Ryan Liddle's recent trip back home to Central Australia. 

Along with his father and grandmother, Ryan  guided a group of students from Sydney's Newington College through the country surrounding Uluru and Alice Springs



Of course here at SBS we're holding our own NAIDOC celebrations, led by NITV's own video journalist and Arrernte man Ryan Liddle, who spoke about the Songlines of his home country around Alice Springs and his journey from the Red Centre to Sydney.

We'll see if we can track down some of the spectacular pics Ryan shared from his recent trip back home...



Here's a different take on the national anthem, performed in the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal language at Coffs Harbour

Gumbaynggirr is traditionally spoken in New South Wales between the Nambucca River in the south, the Clarence River in the north and the west past Guyra, as the ABC reports

Did you know?

The Gumbaynggirr word for Coffs Harbour is Garlambirla, meaning river oak. Check out more Aboriginal names for animals, plants and places using this resource developed by the Muurrbay Aboriginal Language & Cultural Co-operative.



A quick update on what's happening around the country...

Earlier I mentioned that the NRL's Gold Coast Titans would be making an appearance at a NAIDOC event in Burleigh. Now Channel 7's Matthew Howard reveals the club has donated $5000 to health initiative Deadly Choices.

Fun fact: the Gold Coast Titans have more Indigenous players than any other NRL club. 

I also mentioned Cape York artist Sid Bruce Short Joe, who's speaking about his ghost net sculptures in Canberra today. Here's a pic of his artwork hanging at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade:

Off the coast of Cape York, abandoned fishing nets (known as ghost nets) entangle the local marine life, posing a danger to hatchling turtles when they wash up on the beaches.

Rangers gather the nets and give them to local artists to be transformed into sculptures. Read more about Sid Bruce Short Joe's artistic process in this great article from the Sydney Morning Herald

Still in Canberra, the Royal Australian Air Force has recognised all serving and ex-serving Indigenous men and women with a plaque unveiling this morning.



Calling all music lovers, did you catch Briggs and Trials (aka A.B. Original) as they took over Triple J Breakfast this morning? 

If not, we've got you covered. Here's the duo's latest track to kick start your Wednesday morning (language warning on this one!):

Triple J is featuring plenty of other deadly Indigenous content throughout NAIDOC Week, including Triple J Unearthed feature artist Emily Wurramara, who sings in both English and Anindilyakwa, the traditional language of her home on Groote Eylandt, NT.

You can also check out this list of five new Indigenous artists you need to hear


Welcome to another day of NAIDOC news!

Once again, there are plenty of things to keep an eye on today:

  • NITV News presenter Natalie Ahmat is hosting the @IndigenousX Twitter account today updating you on all things NAIDOC from the host city of Darwin. Also in the Top End, Nat will be heading to a community day at Marlow Lagoon, before covering the NT Aboriginal Fasion Showcase from 6pm

  • On the Gold Coast, a family fun day will kick off at 10am at the Burleigh Bears Junior Rugby League Club, with an appearance by the Gold Coast Titans

  • In Canberra, Cape York artist Sid Bruce Short Joe shares the story behind his ghost net sculptures at the National Museum of Australia from 10am - 2.30pm (I had the chance to see this incredible artwork at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair last year - definitely worth a look!) 

  • Heaps happening in Melbourne today, including a Welcome to Country with the Koorie Tiddas Youth Choir at the Melbourne Recital Centre and a family violence rally (more details to come)

As always, you can see more events near you here

And if you missed out on yesterday's blog, catch up here