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Honouring NAIDOC Week 2023: For Our Elders

04 July 2023

NAIDOC Week is a significant and cherished time throughout our communities, where the nation comes together to celebrate First Nations’ history, culture, and achievements.

This annual event, which stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, is observed in the first week of July and provides a platform for raising awareness and promoting understanding of Indigenous communities.

Join us as we explore this year’s theme and essential ways to engage and pay our respects this NAIDOC Week.

A Brief History of NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week has a rich history dates back to the early 20th century. It emerged from the Day of Mourning, which was held on the 26th of January in 1938, marking the 150th anniversary of the colonisation of Australia.

Aboriginal activists organised this day to protest against discriminatory treatment and injustices. Indigenous communities face.

In 1955, the Day of Mourning evolved into a week-long celebration known as ‘NAIDOC Week’, initially taking place in the first week of July. The purpose was to foster unity among Indigenous peoples and promote awareness of their diverse cultures and contributions.

Over the years, NAIDOC Week has become integral to Australia’s cultural calendar, embracing the themes of resilience, respect, and reconciliation.

This Year’s Theme: For Our Elders

The 2023 National NAIDOC Week theme is For Our Elders.

This theme highlights the significant role and prominent place that Elders hold in our communities and families across generations.

They are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, and hard workers.

First Nations Elders provide guidance and support, offering wisdom in land management, cultural knowledge, justice, and human rights. Their struggles and strength have shaped the progress we continue to make today.

As we celebrate NAIDOC Week in 2023, let us pay our respects to the Elders we have lost and honour those who continue to fight for us.

5 Proactive Ways to Engage with NAIDOC Week 2023

Looking for ways to learn, grow and expand your perspectives this week? We’ve got you covered!

Check out the following five ways to start exploring NAIDOC this week and all year round:

  1. Attend Local Events and Celebrations: NAIDOC Week is marked by numerous events, activities, and cultural gatherings nationwide. Watch for community-led events like art exhibitions, music festivals, traditional dance performances, and storytelling sessions. These events offer opportunities to engage directly with Indigenous culture, learn from community elders, and show your support.
  2. Educate Yourself: Take the time to educate yourself about First Nations peoples’ rich history, traditions, and ongoing struggles. Dive into literature, documentaries, podcasts, and online resources that provide insights into Indigenous culture, spirituality, art, and land rights. By understanding their past and present experiences, you can help challenge stereotypes, promote respect, and contribute to reconciliation efforts.
  3. Support Indigenous Businesses and Artists: One of the most impactful ways to engage with NAIDOC Week is by supporting Indigenous businesses and artists. Seek out Indigenous-owned companies, whether for purchasing artwork, fashion, homewares, or authentic Indigenous cuisine. By actively supporting these businesses, you contribute to economic empowerment within Indigenous communities and help preserve and promote their cultural practices.
  4. Learn from First Nations perspectives: How are you inviting First Nations perspectives into your life? This week is an opportunity to address this and find ways to learn from the deep insights and experiences of our First Nations Communities. Read books, listen to podcasts, and follow First Nations creators on social media to open the door and expand your knowledge of others.
  5. Access the NAIDOC Week Toolkit: The official NAIDOC Week site has put together some incredible resources to help you learn more and engage with the week. This includes their comprehensive toolkit – check out online, and why not explore the toolkit as a class or with your family?

NAIDOC Week: An Opportunity For All of Us

NAIDOC Week is a significant occasion to honour and celebrate First Nations peoples’ rich history, culture, and achievements.

Let’s embrace NAIDOC Week as an opportunity to learn, connect, and celebrate the enduring legacy of the world’s oldest living cultures.

Together, we can build a future where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are empowered and respected, and their contributions are recognised across all Australian society.

How will you join in celebrating and supporting our Elders this year?


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