NAIDOC Week 2023

NAIDOC Week 2023

Source : Qld Sri Lankan Newsletter – Dæhæna – July 2023

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet. National NAIDOC Week will be celebrated from Sunday 2 July – Sunday 9 July 2023.

NAIDOC Week 2023

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which was the original name of the organization responsible for organizing the event.

The history of NAIDOC Week dates back to the 1920s when Aboriginal rights activist William Cooper, along with other Indigenous leaders, established the Australian Aborigines’ Progressive Association (AAPA). The AAPA organized the first Day of Mourning protest on 26 January 1938, marking the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet and calling for civil rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Over time, this protest evolved into an annual event called the Day of Mourning and Protest, and in 1955, it became known as the Aboriginal Day of Mourning. In 1956, the name was changed to the National Aborigines’ Day Observance Committee, which eventually became NAIDOC. The observance was extended to a week-long event in 1975, and it is now held annually during the first full week of July.

NAIDOC Week is significant to Australia because it provides an opportunity for all Australians to learn about and appreciate the rich cultural heritage, diverse languages, and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the country. It aims to promote reconciliation, unity, and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The week includes a range of activities, such as cultural performances, art exhibitions, sports events, community gatherings, and educational programs. These events showcase Indigenous histories, traditions, and contemporary achievements, fostering greater understanding, recognition, and appreciation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

NAIDOC Week also serves as a platform to address social and political issues faced by Indigenous communities. It raises awareness about the ongoing challenges of achieving equality, land rights, self determination, and improving health and education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Overall, NAIDOC Week plays a vital role in promoting cultural diversity, respect, and reconciliation in Australia, while acknowledging the ongoing resilience and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the nation’s identity and heritage. To celebrate NAIDOC Week:

• Learn about Indigenous cultures
• Attend local events
• Support Indigenous businesses
• Share Indigenous stories and voices
• Acknowledge the traditional owners
• Engage in cultural activities
• Support Indigenous organizations

It’s important to approach NAIDOC Week and Indigenous cultures with respect, humility, and a willingness to learn.

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