Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2021 Online PD Event 

Are you ready for NAIDOC Week?



Join us for a special online presentation to celebrate some outstanding Indigenous Australian creatives. This event is designed to guide teachers, librarians and parents in selecting and using work by contemporary Indigenous creatives to celebrate NAIDOC Week's theme, Heal Country with respect and sensitivity.


Our presenters provide insights into their creative process and guidance around the appropriate uses of their stories/illustrations when working with children. They offer guidance to suggested activities -  written, artistic and oral - that can be undertaken using their work.

Available online on demand from July 2 at 5.00pm until July 31, 2021. Access codes are in the members lounge.

Free for all CBCA Members | Non-Members $33.00 

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Boori Monty Pryor

Boori Monty Pryor was born in Townsville, North Queensland. His father is from the Juru people of Cape Upstart from the Bowen region. His mother is a descendant of the Gurubana Moiety group from the Kunggandji Nation near Cairns. Boori is a multi-talented performer who has worked in film and television (as an actor and writer), modelling, sport, music and theatre-in-education. Boori has written several award-winning children's books, including the Prime Minister's Literary Award winner Shake a Leg, and was the inaugural Children's Laureate (with Alison Lester) in 2012 and 2013. He co-wrote and is the subject of Wrong Kind of Black (International Emmy Award nominee, screening on Netflix) and Brown Paper Bag (in which he also stars) and during his career as a storyteller he has worked with over one million children.

Dr Helen Milroy

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Dr Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, but was born and educated in Perth. Australia’s first Indigenous doctor, Helen studied medicine at the University of Western Australia and is currently Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UWA, Honorary Research Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute and a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. Helen was recently appointed as the AFL’s first Indigenous commissioner. Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories was her first book for children.

Awards: Western Australian Premier's Book Award (Shortlisted 2019)
Readings Children's Book Prize (Shortlisted 2020)
Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year (Shortlisted 2020)

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Diane Lucas & Ben Tyler

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In their new book, Walking in Gagudju Country, Diane Lucas and Ben Tyler invite us to walk through one of the Top End's magnificent monsoon forests, learning about the plants, animals and Kundjeyhmi culture, and explore how the book might be used during NAIDOC Week.

DIANE LUCAS grew up exploring the bush in New South Wales. She moved to Kakadu in her late twenties. There she worked as a teacher on an Aboriginal outstation and in turn was taught many things about the bush. From 1991 to 1996, Diane worked on a research project in Kakadu, documenting traditional resources on the South Alligator River floodplain and surrounds.

She was encouraged by the elders to write about the land and get stories to children. They have supported her efforts as an educator with her children's books, the first being Walking with the Seasons in Kakadu. Since then she has had six other publications. She now lives only two hours from Kakadu, with her husband, and maintains a close relationship with the people and country of Kakadu. She and her husband travel in northern Australia and Africa doing botanical and fire ecology work. Diane is inspired by wild landscapes and the cultural context of these places, and the way children explore and play in wild habitats with such ease. She does much of her writing as she travels and walks in the bush.

BEN TYLER is a Bininj entrepreneur and founder of bush food brand Kakadu Kitchen. He currently lives in Darwin on Larrakia country, studying business at Charles Darwin University. On his breaks he returns home to Kakadu to visit his mum and family at their remote family outstation at Patonga Homestead, located beside the Jim Jim Creek in Kakadu National Park. Ben loves gardening with his mum Jessie, and both were very happy when his sister Mandy discovered her green thumb during the Northern Territory's Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020. Mandy now teaches her grandsons Anthony and Tyrese to love gardening too. The Kakadu billabong family community enjoy growing many types of tropical fruits and vegetables like pawpaw, banana, tomatoes, broccoli, citrus trees, mangoes, cashews, custard apples, tamarind and bush foods like red apple, white apple and native lemongrass. The community includes close relatives from Tiwi Islands and has always been a place that welcomes family, friends and visitors into their busy, noisy, joyful billabong home in Kakadu.


Many thanks to Allen & Unwin for providing Boori Monty Pryor and Diane Lucas & Ben Tyler for this event.

Many thanks to Fremantle Press for providing Dr Helen Milroy for this event.

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