Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

Because of Her, We Can! – is the theme for NAIDOC Week 2018, which will be held nationally between 8 and 15 July.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played, and continue to play, active and significant roles at community, local, state and national levels.

Sadly, Indigenous women’s role in our cultural, social and political survival has often been invisible, unsung or diminished.

NAIDOC Week celebrations will showcase Indigenous women who have demanded a better life, greater opportunities and in many cases equal rights.

Events will be held around the country to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

If you are planning an event at your organisation, or in your community, but need some inspiration then here are some tips on how you can mark the week:

  • Display the National NAIDOC poster or other Indigenous posters around your workplace or community
  • Start your own hall of fame featuring Indigenous role models
  • Listen to Indigenous musicians or watch a movie about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
  • Make your own Indigenous trivia quiz
  • Research the traditional Indigenous owners of your area and share with colleagues
  • Study Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts and share with colleagues and/ or clients
  • Create your own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander art
  • Run an art competition in your workplace or community
  • Research Indigenous history online or visit your library to find books about Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples
  • Visit local Indigenous sites of significance or interest
  • Learn the meanings of local or national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander place names and words
  • Invite local Indigenous Elders to speak or give a Welcome to Country at your workplace or community
  • Invite an Indigenous sportsperson or artist to visit you
  • Invite Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander dancers to perform
  • Host a community barbeque or lunch
  • Hold a flag raising ceremony
  • Organise a smoking ceremony

To find out more and to download resources go to the NAIDOC Week website.

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