NAIDOC Week: Sunday 4 July – Sunday 11 July
This year’s NAIDOC week will occur from Sunday, 4th July through to Sunday, 11th July and the theme for NAIDOC Week 2021 is ‘Heal Country’.
What is NAIDOC Week and why is it important?
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 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.
You can find more information and resources on the NAIDOC website here: https://www.naidoc.org.au/
Theme: Heal Country!
The theme for NAIDOC Week this year is 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.
To learn more about the importance of Country and what it means to Heal Country, heal our nation, take a moment to read more on the NAIDOC website here: https://www.naidoc.org.au/get-involved/2021-theme
How you can get involved
During NAIDOC week we encourage you all to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Although the recent COVID-19 restrictions have put a hold on many of the NAIDOC events, there are still many ways we can celebrate NAIDOC safely!
Here are just a few ideas and resources we’ve put together for you to celebrate NAIDOC week in a COVID-safe way:
- Although the National NAIDOC Awards 2021 have been postponed until a later date, why not take this opportunity to read up on one of the past winners of the Awards. You can see a full list of past-NAIDOC Awards winner on the NAIDOC website: https://www.naidoc.org.au/awards/winner-profiles
- Hold a NAIDOC/Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander themed Online Trivia Quiz. This is a great COVID-safe NAIDOC activity that you can take part in with friends or co-workers. Here are few NAIDOC or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander themed quizzes to get you started:
- Keep up to date with NAIDOC day posts and online celebrations via social media. As the current COVID conditions and restrictions are being updated constantly, social media is a great way to keep up to date with the latest updates, changes and opportunities to celebrate NAIDOC Week in a COVID-safe way. Here are a few good Facebook pages to keep your eye on this 2021:
- National NAIDOC Week: https://www.facebook.com/NAIDOC
- Reconciliation Australia: https://www.facebook.com/ReconciliationAus
- Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council: https://www.facebook.com/mindaribba
- Local Councils are also a good place to learn what’s happening in our local area, including NAIDOC celebrations that may take place:
- Speaking of social media, why not fill your socials up with Indigenous Australian influencers. In the digital age, social media now has the power to spread messages and incite action quicker and wider than ever before. Why not use your social media as a way to listen to more Indigenous voices and keep up to date with Indigenous issues? Check out these articles to get an idea of where to start:
- Read a book by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Author. There are so many amazing books out there written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Authors, so why not give one a try? Whether a real-life account of history or a fiction story, reading a book by Indigenous author is an opportunity to listen in to Indigenous voices and gain more of an understanding about their personal experience, context, history and/or culture. Here are a few curated lists of ‘must read’ books by Australian authors:
- Watch some Indigenous Australian YouTube channels to keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, history, culture and traditions at the top of your mind:
- NITV: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE9Ou-1a1nNn784pHPhKghQ
- NSW Aboriginal Land Council: https://www.youtube.com/user/nswalc/about
- ABC Indigenous: https://www.youtube.com/c/ABCIndigenous/featured
- Bush Heritage Australia: https://www.youtube.com/c/bushheritage/featured
- Reconciliation Australia: https://www.youtube.com/user/ReconciliationAus/videos