SCH Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2020 –


Southern Cross Housing are proud to share with you the events below that have been put together by our Communities Assist Team.  NAIDOC Week is a week dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating that our nation’s story didn’t simply begin with documented European contact.

This week honours that the very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples, the oldest continuing culture on earth. NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is “Always Was, Always Will Be”. The theme recognises that First Nations people have been spiritually and culturally connected to this continent for over 65,000 years. Southern Cross Housing will be celebrating First Nation’s people by holding a morning tea with local Elders who will sharing stories of NAIDOC and their connection to the areas in which we work on. Unfortunately due to COVID19 restrictions attendees will be limited, however we look forward to sharing photos and stories from the event at a later date

The events below have been compiled with a range of events and opportunities to join the celebrations both online and across our regions so that we can all come together to learn and honour  First Nations people across the country.


Always Was, Always Will Be Art Exhibition

This exhibition in Bega celebrates local Indigenous Australian arts and culture.

Always Was, Always Will Be runs from Friday, October 23 to November 11 at Spiral Gallery, Bega.

The exhibition will feature South Coast Indigenous artists Alison Simpson, Natalie Bateman, Allison Walker, Joseph Stewart, Ty Cruse, and works by emerging young artists.

The exhibition is part of NAIDOC Week 2020. Spiral Gallery is at 47 Church St Bega.


NAIDOC Morning Tea – Cooma

Employment Plus Cooma in conjunction with the Salvation Army Store will be holding a NAIDOC week event.

Cooma community members are invited to join the celebration of Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander culture.

Share a morning tea with other Local job seekers, Community groups, council, and employers.

10 November 2020 @ 10.00am

2 Mittagang Road Cooma

RSVP by the 2/11/20
Sarah Weist M 0409 462 226




NAIDOC 2020 Schedule with NITV & SBS

NITV have announced their week-long dedicated schedule to mark the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

From Sunday 8th – Sunday 15th Nov 2020, the network will be celebrating the best in Indigenous content and embracing the 2020 NAIDOC theme Always Was, Always Will Be.

For more information and schedule follow this link:



First Nations Bedtime Stories

The First Nations Bedtime Stories Challenge is a unique way to learn from First Nations people and cultures. Common Ground Australia are hosting a week of learning and sharing 16-20 November 2020.

Commit to watch five Dreaming stories over five days, told by First Nations elders and knowledge custodians. Do it on your own, at home with your family, or at school. It’s all online.



National Indigenous Fire Network & Treading Lightly In. Webinar Series

‘djamanj djamaga ganj’ a free and informative webinar series about traditional Aboriginal cultural burning.

This session ‘An introduction to cultural burning’ where you will have the opportunity to hear expert Aboriginal Fire Practitioners and important conversations required for cultural fire practices to be reinstated in order to heal, protect and revitalise Country.

This Webinar includes an introduction and guest speaker Victor Steffensen, Indigenous Fire Practitioner, who will be discussing:

  • What is Cultural burning?
  • How can it be used as a holistic approach?
  • Traditional Burning Practice
  • Why are we having big fires now?
  • Q & A


Youth Artwork at Southern Cross Housing Cooma

 If you are in the Cooma area, stop by the Southern Cross Community Housing office to see artworks of native Australian creatures created by young people from Monaro High School. The local School have shared the artwork with services around town as part of NAIDOC week celebrations. Artworks were created in classes where students learnt about the importance of Ngarigo language preservation and will be exhibited in the foyer of the office until 15th November 2020.


Caring for Country Exhibition Launch

Reconciliation NSW are hosting this free event to showcase the Schools Reconciliation Challenge finalist’s artworks from 30 schools across NSW. Attendees via zoom will hear stories about Caring for Country and what that means to the finalists.


View the exhibition from Friday 6th of November at: