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.
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.
Whilst we cannot go out to some of the many wonderful events that were planned for the occasion you can tune into meaningful conversations between the Indigenous Peoples’ Organisation Australia and Better Futures Australia who are hosting a free webinar series — Heal Country, Heal Climate. Join this critical dialogue among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to explore climate change impacts and solutions, from Monday 5 - Friday 9 July. More details here.
We were most looking forward to a celebration of our indigenous artists at the Winter in the Domain festival. Thelma Plum, Baker Boy + Miiesha where scheduled to do a special NAIDOC Week performance on July 9th – keep an eye out on their website for when they reschedule.
Below are a few ideas for how to help you celebrate NAIDOC Week 2021 in a COVIDSafe way.
Learn more about the Country on which you live and work using the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia
Find a book to read, written and published by Indigenous authors and illustrators through Magabala Books or suggest one for your next book club
Check out some music and podcasts from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creators on Indigitube.
Get creative in the kitchen using Australian bushfood and native ingredients such as kangaroo, macadamia or lemon myrtle.
Use this year’s theme to connect to Country by going for a walk (if restrictions permit), exercising outside, visiting a local park or gardening.
For more ideas read on here.