I’ve changed the topic for this week’s article to talk about NAIDOC week, which is a departure from my usual conversation about business.
For my international readers and, that’s around 15 % of base. NAIDOC Week happens annually in Australia and celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. “NAIDOC” stands for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which is the organisation responsible for coordinating the events and activities during the week.
The origins of NAIDOC Week can be traced back to the early 20th century when Aboriginal rights activists began organising events to raise awareness and advocate for the rights and well-being of Indigenous peoples. In 1957, the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee was formed to promote a National Day of Recognition for Indigenous Australians.
Initially, the observance was known as “Aborigines Day” and was celebrated on the first Sunday in July. Over time, it expanded to become a week-long celebration and was renamed NAIDOC Week. The dates of NAIDOC Week have varied over the years, but it is typically held in the first week of July.
NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity for all Australians to engage in activities and events that honour and respect the diverse cultures and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is a time to acknowledge the rich history, traditions, and achievements of Indigenous communities and to reflect on the ongoing journey towards reconciliation.
Throughout NAIDOC Week, various events are organized, including cultural showcases, art exhibitions, traditional music and dance performances, sporting events, community gatherings, and educational programs. These activities aim to promote greater understanding, respect, and appreciation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to foster reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Each year, NAIDOC Week has a different theme that highlights important aspects of Indigenous culture and heritage. The theme often reflects current issues and aspirations of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The theme provides a focus for discussions, activities, and events held during the week. This year the theme is “For our Elders” reflecting the role that They are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers, and our loved ones.
So, over the next week if you have the chance to participate in a NAIDOC event, take the time and enjoy it.