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NAIDOC week lasts 8 days and is from 2nd July till 9th July. The theme for this year is “For our Elders.”

What is NAIDOC?

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islander Day Observance Committee.
It was established back in the 1920’s in order to raise awareness of the rights and welfare of Indigenous Australians. NAIDOC week has evolved into a celebration that recognises the invaluable contributions made by Indigenous communities across Australia.

Why NAIDOC?

NAIDOC week celebrates the diverse cultures, achievements, and contributions of our first nations people. This week gives us the opportunity to come together, learn and engage in activities that will help us understand and respect them.

The theme

The theme for this year is, “For our elders.”  It emphasises the importance of previous generations who hold wisdom, knowledge and nurturing of their culture. It’s an opportunity for both Indigenous and non-indigenous people to learn, connect and grow closer as a community.

How you can participate

  • Attend local events – there’s activities like festivals, storytelling traditional dances and more.
  • Engage in traditional practices like traditional ceremonies, bush walks and cultural workshops.
  • Buy from Indigenous businesses, which helps sustain cultural practices.
  • Advocate for change – Advocate meaningful change by supporting organisations and campaigns that address issues such as land rights, social justice and improved health and education.

I’m sure there’s lots more.

How to celebrate NAIDOC Week for kids?

Sharing of knowledge.
Share picture books about Australia’s indigenous people.
Watch and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Play music that’s in tune with NAIDOC Week.
Children can launch into visual arts.
Take part in a yarning circle.

The wrap

Participating actively in these activities will help to gain a deeper appreciation for indigenous heritage and contribute to its preservation. NAIDOC week serves as a reminder to all the ongoing struggles faced by our first nations people. It’s the oldest living culture in the world, let’s take the time to celebrate, respect and deepen understanding of this beautiful culture during this week.

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