Brimbank’s annual NAIDOC Week celebrations recognises the unique and important place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have in our community.

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Flag Raising

Flags outside the Brimbank council offices in Sunshine - Australian Flag, Aboriginal Flag and Torres Strait Islander Flag.
  • Sunday 8 November 2020, 10am
  • No Charge
  • See video above

The flag raising ceremony is a valued tradition of every NAIDOC Week at Brimbank.  Although everyone will not be able to gather together for this as they normally do, it will still be an important event.

Social Media Takeover

Photo of Jaydah Turner

Brimbank Youth Services will be celebrating NAIDOC week with a social media takeover by Jaydah Turner, a youth worker and Marranuggu young woman, in partnership with the BYS team.

You’ll see information about services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, a celebration and elevation of First Nation stories and voices, and shout outs to all the incredible young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activists, artists and performers out there.

There’ll also be a Kahoot competition running throughout the week with a prize pack from Clothing the Gap to be won worth $100.

“Story of Who I am”

Indigenous Artwork by Ellen Nambijinba (Walpiri Kadish)

The Story of Who I am is a program created by Jinkigi Consultancy in partnership with Brimbank City Council Arts & Culture unit. This project brought together both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and non-Indigenous women to yarn and create an art piece.

Participating in a number of online sessions the women reflected on where they come from, who are the important people in their life, and what helps to keep them strong.

Exhibition runs 8 November - 8 December

Dance with Wilay

Picture of contemporary dancers in a dance studio

Presented by The Australian Ballet Education and Outreach Team and as part of NAIDOC Week

Join Wilay to learn a health and wellbeing dance to make you feel good.

Wilay is a character from the performance Wilaygu Ngayinybula / Possum's two minds choreographed by Ella Havelka. Wilay means possum in Wiradjuri language.

There are two videos to choose from, one for juniors and an accessible version with additional options. Pick the one that suits and get dancing!

Koorie Homework Club

Young hands of many skin colours piled on top of one another. All wearing wrist bands with Indigenous flags on them.
  • Monday 9 November, 3:30pm
  • No Charge – registration required
  • Contact Koorie Engagement Support Officer (KESO) Lee-Anne Clarke on to register

Koorie Homework Club are having weekly online catch ups for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (years 3-6) or tutoring (secondary or tertiary students).

This weekly program offers a safe space for children to catch up on their homework and take part in cultural activities.

No charge, registrations required via contacting Koorie Engagement Support Officer (KESO) Lee-Anne Clarke on or 0477 719 366

"Yours Sincerely"


Aunty Joyce and Uncle Boots wearing facemasks with Indgenous flags on them. Yours sincerely book cover superimposed on photo.

  • Sunday 8 November – Sunday 15 November  
  • No Charge
  • Visit Creative Brimbank website

As part of NAIDOC Week, we wanted to share a very special story from Aunty Joyce and Uncle Boots who were recently featured in the recent ‘Yours Sincerely – Brimbank Stories during COVID-19’ booklet.

Aunty Joyce is a proud Yorta Yorta woman from Northern Victoria and Uncle Boots is a proud Yorta Yorta, Mutti Mutti man who are our local Brimbank Aboriginal Elders, active members of the community, and over the years have fostered 87 children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

They spoke with us about their time in lockdown and connecting with the community during lockdown

Special First Nations Yarning Circle Event

Photos of Aunty Di Kerr and Terori Hareko-Avaivilla with logos for SALT Studio consultancy, Brimbank City Council and Neighbourhood Houses

Join an online healing smoking with Aunty Di Kerr, Senior Wurundjeri Elder and a yarn up with First Nation artist and cultural educator Terori Hareko-Avaivilla.

The yarn up will touch on

  • What is NAIDOC and why we celebrate First Nations culture
  • First Nation narrative on the impacts of colonisation
  • Perceptions of First Nations people & culture - Building a narrative with different communities.

Australian Ballet 'Wilay-gu'


Picture of contemporary dancers in a dance studio

  • 11-18 November 2020
  • No Charge – registration required
  • Video Link - coming soon

Enjoy a 20-min video performance blending ballet and contemporary dance styles in a fun and thought-provoking story.

Wilay has two minds. One is cheeky, fun and creative. The other is smart, serious and sharp. Both minds have their place but Wilay gets into trouble when cheeky mind decides to hibernate in the dry season. Without the balance of both minds, Wilay starts to feel unhappy and weighed down by serious mind, but Wilay need only remember that all seasons pass.

Wilaygu Ngayinybula//Possum's Two Minds is choreographed by First Nations artist, Ella Havelka. Wilay means possum in Wiradjuri language.

Presented by The Australian Ballet Education and Outreach Team and as part of NAIDOC Week



Pirritu playing guitar

Kicking off the Resonate - Bowery Online Stage Series and as part of NAIDOC Week, Ngiyampaa man and First Nations singer-songwriter Pirritu aka Brett Lee brings you a mix of indie, pop and roots. Known for his honesty and melodic storytelling, his songs reflect his personal journey and stories of sadness, love and hope.

Pirritu (meaning ‘Brett’ in Ngiyampaa Language) was adopted by a non-Aboriginal couple as a newborn baby and raised to be proud of his Aboriginality, to follow his cultural journey and to connect back to family, culture and language - a journey he began when he was 14 years old. Two things drive his continual thirst to connect to his people, country, language and culture - his daughter and his passion for music.

In Conversation


Head shots of Lisa Maza and Pirritu

We're excited to bring you a very special In Conversation with Ngiyampaa man and First Nations singer-songwriter Pirritu (aka Brett Lee). Brett joins host Lisa Maza as they discuss heritage, culture and the arts

In Conversation with Lisa Maza featuring Pirritu will premiere on Creative Brimbank's Facebook Page on Sunday 15 November, 3.30pm

Stories from the Heart


Mohammed in recording studio - Head and shoulders of Lee-Ann & Jacqueline

Earlier this year Lee-Anne Clark, a Kirrae/Whurrong woman, and Jacqueline Watkins a Jingili/Mudburra woman, shared their personal stories from the heart about family, community, and art on Real Talk with Mohammed & Roshani. We encourage everyone to listen to this fabulous discussion.

Brimbank Live


Brimbank Live- Lydia and AD in studio with headsets on

  • Friday 13 November from 8am
  • No Charge
  • Access online at Brimbank Live
  • OR Download and tune in on your phone
    using the LIVE FM app 
    Available from Google Play or App Store

NAIDOC Week Program will include:

8.00 – 9.00am Soul Dive with AD, Lydia and Roshani – A Deeper understanding of NAIDOC week from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community  

12.00 – 1.00pm For Real Show with Sonya and Sacha - 

  • A discussion with Founder of Darkies Design, an Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business that was established in 2010 by Dion Devow.  The word “Darkies” has been used deliberately to negate the historically inappropriate use of the word and to reclaim the name.  
  • Energetic, empowered and undeniably talented, Mi-Kaisha Masella uses music as a storytelling platform. The singer-songwriter is the 2019 NAIDOC Youth of the Year recipient for melding advocacy and creativity into a passionate voice for young people across Australia.

3.00 – 4.00pm Konnect Podcast with Mikhael  – discussion with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist and exploring the role of culture and identity within creative arts

5.00 – 6.00pm The Sports Hour with Max Hatzoglou – professional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander athletes sharing their inspirational journey     

Endangered Fauna Art at Home

Background of Australian bushland with  photo of a wildlife diorama

Learn about endangered native animals of Brimbank by creating your own diorama habitat.

We go to the shops to buy our food but did you know, long before European settlement, Aboriginal people hunted, fished or gathered their food from the land, rivers and ocean? They were always careful not to take too much and take only what they needed. To make sure there was always plenty of food, they moved around a lot so that the food in the land and waters could continue to grow and flourish. Now days, humans clear the land to build the cities we live in. This means the animals lose their homes (habitats) and many now face extinction. Have fun making your own diorama!

BCC Neighbourhood Houses Videos

Head shots of Lisa Maza and Pirritu

Check out BCC Neighbourhood House YouTube channel for a NAIDOC week special playlist. The playlist features highlights from our programs earlier this year that focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living locally.

Also featured are First Nations and African Nations Women’s Yarning Circles and book readings facilitated by SALT Studio Consultancy. Stay and listen to the throwback to Reconciliation Week chat with Ngardarb Riches.

Emergency Food Relief Transformation

NAIDOC Week 2020 Post. Photos of Westvale Community Centre - inside and outside

  • Tuesday 10 November, 10am - 12pm
  • No Charge
  • Westvale Community Centre

To honour NAIDOC 2020, the site of Council’s emergency food relief, Westvale Community Centre, will be transformed to celebrate that Brimbank always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

People accessing our food relief program can walk the colourful footsteps up the footpath to the centre and look out for art work along the way and enjoy their ‘shop’ in the decorated food relief hall.

For more information contact