The City of Joondalup has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the launch of its 2021 NAIDOC Week calendar of events, as well as some key programming elements, due to the current lockdown affecting the Perth and Peel region.

The launch, incorporating a flag-raising ceremony, was scheduled to take place outside the City’s administration building on Monday 5 July.

In addition, the performances of Bilya Kaatijin by Zac James, presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, planned for Saturday 3 July at Prendiville College’s Redmond Theatre, will be rescheduled.

The Noongar Language and Culture Series, also scheduled to commence Saturday 3 July, has been postponed.

Uncertainty over the possible continuation of the lockdown beyond Friday night and the likelihood of some restrictions being in place next week, makes these difficult decisions necessary.

Local Governments across Perth are having to make similar decisions regarding NAIDOC Week events.

Further details on ticket refunds for the Language and Culture Series and rescheduled dates for postponed events will be advised in due course.

Decisions on other events and programs planned for next week will be based on further announcements from the State Government.

All updates will be available on the City’s website and via the City’s social media channels.

The City values the contribution of past and present First Nations people and is committed to positive reconciliation outcomes.