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NAIDOC Week 2nd - 9th July 2017


What's NAIDOC Week?

NAIDOC is a week when Australia celebrates Indigenous peoples, cultures and communities and recognises the valuable contributions that Indigenous people make to our country. It’s celebrated annually in the full first week of July and stands for ‘National Aboriginal and Islanders Day of Observance Committee’. The week is named after the committee that was once responsible for organising national activities during this Week.

What's it got to do with you?

NAIDOC Week is one of the best opportunities to celebrate Indigenous culture, achievements and resilience. It's celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Indigenous community.

NAIDOC 2017 - Our Languages Matter

The 2017 National NAIDOC theme is Our Languages Matter. This theme aims to celebrate the essential role Indigenous languages play in both cultural identity, linking people to their land and water, and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.


Read more about this year's theme on the NAIDOC website here.

Source: www.naidoc.org.au

Get involved

NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia each July. Head to the NAIDOC Events Calendar to find events near you.


For more ideas about how you can celebrate NAIDOC Week, check out these suggestions on the NAIDOC website.


This year, the National NAIDOC Committee encourages all Australians to explore the use of Indigenous languages in their community. Many place names for our suburbs, rivers, mountains and parks have Indigenous language words. Observing and learning about these words will generate greater appreciation and respect for the significance of Indigenous languages among all Australians.

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How did NAIDOC Week start?

NAIDOC Week began in the 1957 when Aboriginal organisations, state and federal governments and a number of church groups came together to support its formation.  However, its roots can be traced back to the 1920s and the 1938 Day of Mourning march and conference. View the NAIDOC history timeline here

The National NAIDOC Awards

The annual NAIDOC Awards recognise the outstanding contributions that Indigenous Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people in their communities and beyond, or to promote Indigenous issues in the wider community, or the excellence they’ve shown in their chosen field.

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