A Week for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
Each year, Australians observe NAIDOC Week to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, and the week is packed full of events that promote indigenous culture and educate people about the important role it has played in Australian society. This year’s NAIDOC Week runs from July 3-10, so be sure to mark it in your calendar.
NAIDOC Week is a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to come together and celebrate their culture. It’s also an important opportunity for all Australians to learn more about the unique history and contribution of indigenous peoples to our country.
There are many ways you can get involved in NAIDOC Week, whether it’s attending an event, learning more about indigenous culture, or showing your support on social media. Whatever you do, take the time to reflect on the incredible achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and how far we’ve come as a nation. Let’s continue working together to make Australia an even better place for everyone.
NAIDOC Week started in 1955 as a day to celebrate the survival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. It has since evolved into a week-long celebration of our shared history, culture, and achievements.
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is ‘Get up! Stand up! Show up!’ which celebrates the achievements of the indigenous community and encourages future generations to act. This includes fighting for the right to have a say in decisions that affect the community, as well as the need for treaties between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Australian government. The truth refers to acknowledging the dark parts of Australia’s history, such as the forced removal of indigenous children from their families (the Stolen Generations), in order to create a more just and equitable future for all Australians.
Celebrate Achievements and Discuss the Future
NAIDOC Week is important because it’s a celebration of achievements in the community and country in addition to an opportunity to discuss the future. It’s a time for all Australians to reflect on the unique history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
As mentioned, there are many ways to get involved in NAIDOC Week. Local councils and community groups often organise events and activities, such as flag-raising ceremonies, BBQs, concerts, and art exhibitions. Many workplaces also hold special events or lunchtime talks during NAIDOC Week. And of course, everyone is welcome to attend the march.
So why not take the opportunity this year to learn more about Australia’s indigenous peoples and celebrate their achievements? It’s a great way to show your support for reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-indigenous Australians.
It is recommended that you:
- Research the history of NAIDOC Week and the meaning of the theme.
- Attend an event in your local community.
- Talk to your friends and family about why NAIDOC Week is important.
- Head over to the NAIDOC site and use other resources to learn more.
- Show your support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on social media using the hashtag #NAIDOC2022.
Although the formative years of NAIDOC Week occurred in the 1950s, NAIDOC itself has a history that goes back much further. In fact, the earliest NAIDOC activities can be traced back to the 1920s. Eventually, a committee was formed in Australia in the 1950s to organise national activities during what was then called ‘Abbott’s Week’. The event has never looked back since, and the 2022 edition should be as special as ever!