NAIDOC week is again upon us in Australia. For those of you are not familiar with NAIDOC week, or what it means for Australians, read on! NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC emerged in Australia during the 1920's with the goal of increasing awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and addressing the mistreatment of our First Nations people at the time, through education.

For many years, NAIDOC have celebrated Indigenous culture, which is some 65,000 years old. Today, Aboriginal culture is believed to the the oldest surviving culture in the world. The culture and First Nation people of Australia have suffered extreme abuse and mistreatment as a result of the colonisation of Australia, but our Indigenous people and their culture is so strong, rich and diverse, it has survived. For thousands of years, amongst extreme adversity and inequality, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have passed down; art, culture, lore and traditions to their children.

Today, although NAIDOC week still aims to increase the awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, it aims to increase the participation of all people in understanding, embracing and celebrating First Nation people and their culture. NAIDOC aims to create unity amongst the Australian community through, education and celebration.

This week, Australians stand together to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and admire their strength and resilience. We stand together to unite, embrace our diversity as a country and recognise our Indigenous people and their achievements. This week we recognise history, celebrate the present and form partnerships to pave the way for the future of Australia. For more information about NAIDOC week, its origins and its purpose please the NAIDOC website.

You can also find NAIDOC day events in your local area by clicking here.


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