NAIDOC Week Celebrations

Next date: Sunday, 02 July 2023 | 08:00 AM to Sunday, 09 July 2023 | 05:00 PM


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Working with Gadhaba Local Aboriginal Network,  Mansfield Shire Council is proud to present a week long program packed full with activities, movies, art and more.

Sunday 2 July - Official NAIDOC Week Launch and Mosaic Unveiling

2pm – 5pm | Visitor Information Centre & Gadhaba Gathering Place

Join us as we celebrate the start of Mansfield's NAIDOC week with Taungurung elder Aunty Bernadette Franklin welcoming us to country and conducting a traditional smoking ceremony as we raise the flags to acknowledge the past and future.

Following this welcome we will unveil the new art mosaic at the Gadhaba Gathering Place by artist Sue Binzer Jones and hear about the significance of the art and its meanings.

Followed by an afternoon tea and music from Marty Jones in the Visitor Information Centre Indigenous Exhibition Gallery


Tuesday 4 July - Mullum Wetlands Walk

11am – 12pm |  Meet at the Visitor Information Centre

Learn about the Indigenous flora, bush tucker and practices in this entertaining and educational walk with local Vern Simsen and Peter Roberts who recently assisted with Poa Grass burning for Mansfield Shire Council. Followed by a cuppa and yarn at the Gadhaba Gathering Place or Visitor Information Centre (weather dependant).

FREE but please book your spot here

Wednesday 5 July - Guest Speaker: Uncle Ronald Briggs


Mansfield Library

Hear from Uncle Ronald Briggs about the upcoming referendum and what 'The Voice' means to Indigenous people. Ronald Briggs has been working in Aboriginal men’s health for more than 20 years. He is on the Board of Directors for the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and sits on various committees concerned with the health and wellbeing of the Melbourne Aboriginal community. Ron was awarded the Reg Blow Reconciliation Award from the City of Whittlesea and was nominated for a National Reconciliation Award. Uncle Ron currently works with Caraniche as Senior Aboriginal Cultural Consultant and Drug and Alcohol Program Facilitator.

FREE - Limited Spots - Register Here

Thursday 6 July - Weaving and clay ochre sculpture workshop

10am - 3pm

Mansfield Library

Cassie Leatham is an indigenous artist, jewellery and fashion designer, master weaver, traditional dancer, bushtukka woman and educator. We are extremely lucky to have her join us and conduct a weaving and nature pot workshop where we will learn how to create these beautiful pieces, the story behind them and their importance.

FREE - Limited Places - Book here

Thursday 6 July - Film: 'The Last Daughter'

6pm | Mansfield Armchair Cinema

Brenda’s first memories were of growing up in a loving white foster family, before she was suddenly taken away and returned to her Aboriginal family. 

Decades later, she feels disconnected from both halves of her life. But the traumas of her past do not lie quietly buried. So, she goes searching for the foster family with whom she had lost all contact. 

Along the way she uncovers long-buried secrets, government lies, and the possibility for deeper connections to family and culture. The Last Daughter is a documentary about Brenda’s journey to unearth the truth about her past, and to reconcile the two sides of her family.

FREE - Limited Spaces - Book Here

Friday 7 July - Kids Storytime

2pm | Mansfield Library

Join Gadhaba local Aboriginal Network chair Miranda Connaughton as she conducts a reading of a story close to her heart. 

Suitable for Children 10 and under.


Week Long

Taungurung Elders Exhibition - by Aunty Angela Tenburren - Visitor Information Centre

Aboriginal Art Exhibition – Visitor Information Centre

Mansfield Library – Indigenous books focus



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  • Sunday, 02 July 2023 | 08:00 AM - Sunday, 09 July 2023 | 05:00 PM


Various venues, High Street, Mansfield, 3722, View Map

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