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