NAIDOC Week (derived from the acronym for the group originally responsible for the event, the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) is an important time to recognise the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Taking place on 4-11 July, NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity for not only Indigenous people but Australians from all walks of life to participate in a range of activities and support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Learn more about the event and the ways you can get involved, below.
Country is an inherent part of the identity of First Nations People. The 2021 NAIDOC Week theme is “Heal Country!” and calls for us all to seek greater protections for our lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration and destruction.
Healing Country is about resolving the outstanding injustices that impact the lives of Indigenous, and it encourages our nation to equally embrace their cultural knowledge of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage. The theme seeks substantive institutional reform and more robust protections for all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage – something that Elders and Indigenous communities have been seeking for generations.
Ways to Celebrate
During NAIDOC Week, people across the country are encouraged to participate in local community celebrations organised by government agencies, local councils, businesses and schools. Whatever your interests and schedule, there are a variety of ways to celebrate and raise awareness.
Here are a few suggestions for how you can get involved:
- Attend a NAIDOC Week event in your local area (options include art competitions, virtual poetry readings, webinar presentations and video conferences)
- Plan your own NAIDOC event for your friends, colleagues or community
- Learn the meanings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander place names and words, and visit local sites of significance
- Download the 2021 National NAIDOC Poster, ‘Care for Country’, and display it around your classroom or workplace
- Watch a movie about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history or listen to Indigenous musicians
- Use the 2021 National NAIDOC logo in your email signatures and social media profiles
- Research Indigenous history online or visit your library to find books about First Nations Peoples
- Share NAIDOC teaching resources with teachers, schools and students in your area
- Invite local Elders to speak at your school or workplace
How are you planning to participate in NAIDOC Week 2021? We’d love to hear how you’re celebrating!