Wominjeka from Bulleke-bek – Hello/Welcome from Brunswick.
We reference the Woi Wurrung language of the Wurrundjeri people, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which roast our coffee, to welcome the start of this year’s NAIDOC Week.
NAIDOC Week is an annual celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It’s celebrated not just in First Nations communities, but in all communities across the country. This week is a great opportunity to learn more about, and support, your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The 2020 NAIDOC Week theme is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, recognising that First Nations people have been occupying and caring for this continent for more than 65,000 years.
We have very much been looking forward to honouring Australia’s First Peoples this week, and we wanted to share a few ways to celebrate the week and learn more.
Watch – In My Blood it Runs
In July we hosted a virtual watch party of this intimate and eye-opening documentary about the life of 10-year old Arrernte boy Dujuan, and we were very moved by his story. We welcome you to watch the documentary and learn from Dujuan about how challenging it is to be a young First Nations person trying to hold on to his culture.
In this recently published children’s book we are asked, ‘Can you help us find the heart of the nation?’ This story explains the Uluru Statement from the Heart to younger Australians. But don’t be fooled by its focus on young readers! People of all ages will benefit from reading this book, and taking the time to understand and honour the Uluru Statement.
In this 24-track playlist, Market Lane employee Isa Biffin has curated a collection of rap and hip hop songs written and performed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. This playlist is a small, introductory collection of rap and hip-hop music by First Nations artists (including a few tracks that feature collaborations with settler Australian artists). This playlist is by no means comprehensive so if you enjoy it, we encourage you to check out more of the music by (and beyond) the artists included.
The NAIDOC Week website has an extensive list of events happening all week, all over Australia. Many events will be available to stream online, making this a really special opportunity to participate in celebrations all over the country.
This week we’re donating $1 from every bag of coffee sold in our shops and on our website to Children’s Ground, an organisation that works to build a brighter future for the next generation of First Nations Peoples.