Celebrating NAIDOC Week

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NAIDOC* Week runs from Sunday 8 July to Sunday 15 July; the week marks a proud celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


NAIDOC Week presents a positive opportunity to celebrate the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to our nation and its culture.

The 2018 NAIDOC Week theme is...

This year, NAIDOC Week is celebrating the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women; the theme for this year’s event is Because of her, we can! According to the Celebrating NAIDOC Week website:


“As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women fought, and continue to fight, for justice, equal rights, our rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art.

“They continue to influence as doctors, lawyers, teachers, electricians, chefs, nurses, architects, rangers, emergency and defence personnel, writers, volunteers, chief executive officers, actors, singer songwriters, journalists, entrepreneurs, media personalities, board members, accountants, academics, sporting icons and Olympians, the list goes on.

“They are our mothers, our elders, our grandmothers, our aunties, our sisters and our daughters.

“Sadly, Indigenous women’s role in our cultural, social and political survival has often been invisible, unsung or diminished.”

Find out how you can get involved in NAIDOC Week

Throughout NAIDOC Week you may notice public events to mark the occasion, including marches, flag ceremonies, exhibitions, etc. You can find out more about how you can help to mark NAIDOC Week and celebrate the contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women by visiting the NAIDOC Week website.

* NAIDOC originally stood for the name of the committee that organised the week, this body was called the ‘National Aboriginies and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. The acronym has since become the name of the event itself.


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