Author: 
Samuel Mortimer, QCOSS
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NAIDOC Week is held every year in July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year's theme is 'Voice. Treaty. Truth.' - the three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. 

The theme is intended to tie in with the United Nations' International Year of Indigenous Languages, which recognises that languages play a crucial role in a nation's cultural history, identity, traditions and memory.

With the slow decline and gradual disappearance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, and the yarns that went with them, the 2019 NAIDOC Week is highlighting that the first voices of this continent are over 65,000 years old.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. The committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week, and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

What can we do to get involved?

The week (7-14 July 2019) is celebrated not just in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities, but also in an increasing number of organisations, government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces. 

Ideas on how you could celebrate NAIDOC Week:

  • Display the National NAIDOC Poster or other Indigenous posters around your classroom or workplace
  • Make your own Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trivia quiz
  • Study a famous Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian
  • Visit a local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander site of significance or interest
  • Host a community BBQ or luncheon

There are more suggestions on the NAIDOC Week website.

Who is holding an event in my area?

You can find a list of events, or submit your own NAIDOC Week event here to the official website.

Where can I find some resources or further information about NAIDOC Week?

A suite of resources, including teaching guides, current and archival posters, logos and banners, as well as news and other updates are available at the NAIDOC Week website.

 

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