Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2017

NAIDOC WEEK - Sunday 2 July to Sunday 9 July 2017

NAIDOC 2017: Celebrating History and Culture

NAIDOC celebrations are held annually around Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year NAIDOC Week celebrations will be held from Sunday, 2 July to Sunday, 9 July 2017. These celebrations are a time to recognise the significant contributions indigenous people have made to Australia and our society. NAIDOC is celebrated not only by Aboriginal and Islander communities but also by Australians from all walks of life. Each year communities around Australia are encouraged to celebrate NAIDOC week, with events often organised by government agencies, local councils, schools, workplaces and other community groups.

 

Each year a new theme is chosen to reflect important issues and events for NAIDOC week. This year’s theme is Our Languages Matter, which was selected to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that indigenous languages play in cultural identity. In the late eighteenth century, over 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered Australia, however, today, approximately only 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Indigenous elders pass on. The preservation of these languages is extremely important as this is a significant part of Australia’s history.

 

The success of NAIDOC week is dependent upon groups organising events which are meaningful and appropriate to their specific communities, so it’s important to think about creative and special ways you can celebrate. There are lots of activities you can participate in to commemorate NAIDOC week, the official NAIDOC website has events happening Australia-wide, however, if you would prefer to organise your own celebrations, here are our top 5 recommendations:

 

  1. Display the National NAIDOC Poster or other Indigenous posters around your classroom, workplace or home.
  2. Study a famous Indigenous Australian.
  3. Research the traditional Indigenous owners of your area.
  4. Learn the meanings of local or national Indigenous place names and words.
  5. Visit your local Indigenous sites of significance.

 

For more ideas about how to celebrate NAIDOC week, visit the NAIDOC website. The Brook Early Education and Care will be celebrating NAIDOC week this year from Monday 3rd July – Friday 7th July and we look forward to this opportunity to celebrate and recognise the important role Aboriginal and Islander people play in our community.

 
 

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