National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year the theme is ‘For Our Elders’.
NAIDOC Week is an annual observance in Australia that celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The acronym “NAIDOC” stands for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which originally established the event.
NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to come together, learn, and share in the rich cultural heritage of the country’s First Nations peoples. It plays a vital role in fostering reconciliation, promoting awareness, and strengthening the understanding of Indigenous cultures and their contributions to the nation’s identity.
The theme for NAIDOC Week changes annually to reflect the significant issues and achievements relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. These themes often highlight important aspects such as culture, land, history, language, and the ongoing struggle for justice and equality. The theme for 2023 is ‘For Our Elders’.
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