National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week will run from 8 - 15 July 2018.
This year, the theme is ‘Because of her, we can!’ It emphasises and celebrates the unique role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played - and continue to play - at the community, local, state and national levels.
NAIDOC Week events
Everyone is encouraged to participate in NAIDOC Week events and celebrations.
Here are some examples of how you can get involved.
ACT Government NAIDOC flag raising event
The annual Flag Raising Ceremony is an acknowledgement by the ACT Government of the importance of NAIDOC Week.
Where: Legislative Assembly Reception Room
Date: Wednesday, 11 July 2018
To attend the event, please RSVP to the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (OATSIA) via their email address at OATSIA@act.gov.au
NAIDOC 2018 Family Day
The Canberra and Districts NAIDOC Aboriginal Corporation will be hosting a NAIDOC Week Family Day at the University of Canberra on Sunday 8 July.
There will be live music, dance performances, free rides, food stalls, face painting, indigenous arts and crafts outlets and more.
Where: University of Canberra, University Drive, Bruce
Date: Sunday 8 July 2018
This event is sponsored by the ACT Government.
Hold your own NAIDOC Week event
Want to host your own NAIDOC Week event? Here are some ideas.
- Hold a morning tea and invite local Elder(s) and respected community members to come and share their stories.
- Indulge in a bush tucker experience.
- Take the team on a cultural bush walk with an Aboriginal ranger.
- Attend a weaving workshop with a Torres Strait Islander community member.
- Invite your friends over to watch a range of NAIDOC short films, such as:
For information about other community events taking place in the ACT and across Australia visit the National NAIDOC Week website.