This year’s NAIDOC Week theme, entitled “For Our Elders”, pays tribute to our Elders. We honor their wisdom, guidance and resilience. Our Elders, across our generations, hold a significant place in our communities and families. They hold our culture’s knowledge, are our leaders, and loved ones who support us in our key moments. They guide us in advocacy for health, education and our culture. Because of them, we have a voice to fight for our rights and equality. We give tribute to the Elders we've lost and those who continue fighting for us across all our Nations.
NAIDOC Week is an annual celebration that holds significant importance in Australia, honoring the diverse cultures, rich history, and extraordinary achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In this blog, we will delve into the history of NAIDOC Week, explore how it is celebrated, and discuss ways in which we can contribute to this event and its cause.
About NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC, which stands for https://www.naidoc.org.au/about/naidoc-week, traces its roots back to the 1920s when Aboriginal rights organisations emerged across the country. These organisations aimed to raise awareness and advocate for the rights of Indigenous peoples. In the 1950s, the first "Day of Mourning" was held, which eventually evolved into NAIDOC Week. Today, it is a week-long celebration recognised by Australians from all walks of life.
NAIDOC Week showcases the vibrant cultures, traditions, and languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The celebrations include traditional dance performances, art exhibitions, storytelling sessions, cultural workshops, community gatherings, and sports competitions. These activities provide an opportunity to learn, appreciate, and immerse ourselves in the richness of Indigenous culture.
How We Can Take Part Every NAIDOC Week
There are many ways to celebrate NAIDOC Week in our own way. First, we can educate ourselves. Take the time to learn about the history, achievements, and ongoing struggles faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Engage with books, documentaries, and online resources that offer authentic Indigenous perspectives. We wrote examples in this blog featuring Riley Callie Resources and Yarn Strong Sista.
We can also attend local Events. We can participate in NAIDOC Week events happening in our community. Support local Indigenous artists, performers, and businesses. Engage in conversations, ask questions, and actively listen to the stories and experiences shared by Indigenous community members.
An important aspect of celebrating NAIDOC Week is to acknowledge Country. Take a moment to reflect on the deep connection that First Nations peoples have with Country and the ongoing fight to protect and heal.
Lastly, campaign for Indigenous rights. Amplify First Nations voices and stories by sharing them on social media, attending First Nations-led workshops and seminars, and supporting First Nations-led initiatives and organisations. Stand up against inequality and work towards reconciliation. Support initiatives that promote Indigenous rights, cultural preservation, and improved outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Remember, the cause of NAIDOC Week not only lasts seven days; it's a commitment to valuing and respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture throughout the entire year.
Supporting Indigenous-Owned and Led Businesses
As we celebrate NAIDOC Week, we at DulcieDot would also like to recognise initiatives of businesses, organisations and individuals all over Australia. We have a list of other First Nations-led businesses you can patronise. We can also support Blak Businesses, by purchasing from us or sharing with your family and friends; or simply by promoting us on your socials. It does not take a dollar to show your support for us; a simple ‘like”, comment and/or share means so much already.
NAIDOC Week serves as a reminder to honor and celebrate the rich cultural heritage, resilience, and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. By educating ourselves, actively participating in NAIDOC Week events, and advocating for Indigenous rights, we can play a part in fostering understanding, respect, and reconciliation. Let's embrace this opportunity to come together as a nation, acknowledge the past, celebrate the present, and shape a brighter future for all Australians.