NAIDOC Week, which stands for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, is an essential time for Australians to come together to celebrate and honour the rich cultural heritage and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In this blog post, we’ll explore ways in which individuals and communities can actively support NAIDOC Week and foster greater understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture.

Understanding NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week traces its origins back to the 1920’s.

It services as both a commemoration of the struggles faced by Indigenous communities and a celebration of their resilience, culture and contributions to society.

It typically takes place in the first full week of July each year.

How to Support NAIDOC Week

  • Host your own event: One of the most impactful way to support NAIDOC Week is by hosting your own event. This could be a community gathering, cultural workshop or a storytelling session. By creating spaces for dialogue and engagement, you can help amplify Indigenous voices and promote cultural exchange.
  • Engage with Local Traditional Owners and Communities: Take the time to connect with the Traditional Owners of the Land on which you are located. Building relationships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is crucial for fostering mutual respect and understanding. Participate in cultural activities and listen to the stories and experiences shared by Indigenous peoples.
  • Listen to Indigenous Music: Music is a powerful tool for cultural expression and storytelling. Take the opportunity during NAIDOC Week to listen to Indigenous music from various genres, including contemporary and traditional styles.
  • Engage Children in Traditional Indigenous Games: NAIDOC Week is an excellent opportunity to introduce children to traditional Indigenous games and activities. Encourage them to participate in games like Woggabaliri, Marngrook, or Koolchee. These games not only promote physical activity but also provide insights into Indigenous culture and history.
  • Acknowledge Country: Before any event or gathering, it’s essential to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land and pay respect to their elders, past, present and emerging. You can also use resources like the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia to learn more about the specific Indigenous groups and languages associated with the area.

Respectfully celebrate, honour and engage

NAIDOC Week serves as a reminder of the importance of honouring and respecting the cultures, histories, and contributions of Australia’s First Nations peoples. By actively supporting NAIDOC Week and engaging with Indigenous communities, we can work towards reconciliation, understanding and unity.

Let’s commit to celebrating NAIDOC Week not just once a year but throughout our lives, fostering a more inclusive and equitable society for all Australians.

Remember, supporting NAIDOC Week is not just a one-time event – it’s a commitment to ongoing learning, dialogue and action in support of Indigenous rights and cultural preservation.