What is NAIDOC Week and why is it important?

maskNAIDOC Celebrations

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC Celebrations

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

2021 Theme: Heal Country!

The theme for NAIDOC Week this year was Heal Country, heal our nation. Country is inherent to identity and life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and Healing Country refers to the pleas to provide greater management, involvement and empowerment to Indigenous peoples over Country.

NAIDOC Celebrations

AAC Local Celebrations Port Hedland 2021

The morning was a great success as we partnered again for the 2nd year with the Port Hedland Department of Communities in celebrating NAIDOC week. More than 120 plus locals joined us in the morning celebrations. A free BBQ was on offer, Torres Strait Islander dancing and loads of fun for the kids, a number of our AAC staff oversaw the kids zone where there were some great fun activities for them to do.

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