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24 June 2015

 

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2015

Pope John Paul II acknowledged the partnership that existed between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the land in his speech at Alice Springs in 1986.  He said: 

  • "For thousands of years this culture of yours was free to grow without interference by people from other places.
  •  You lived your lives in spiritual closeness to the land, with its animals, birds, fishes,   waterholes, rivers, hills and mountains.
  • You did not spoil the land, use it up, exhaust it, and then walk away from it.
  • You realised that your land was related to the source of life.
  • Some of the stories from your Dreamtime legends speak powerfully of the great mysteries  of human life, its frailty, its need for help, its closeness to spiritual powers and the value of  the human person…” 

Following the example of the Holy Father in honouring and respecting Australia’s First Peoples and holding fast to Aboriginal diplomacy, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this land and pay respect to their Elders past, present and future.  

 

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. Find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week.

National NAIDOC poster

Things to do…

 Check out the Victorian NAIDOC website (Ctrl+Click to follow link) to see what’s happening in a place close to you.

Visit Bunjilaka (Ctrl+Click to follow link) at the Melbourne Museum

See if your local council is holding a flag-raising ceremony, like the Moreland City Council. (Ctrl+Click to follow link)

 

Here are some ideas on how to celebrate NAIDOC Week:

  • Display the National NAIDOC Poster or other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander posters around your classroom or workplace.
  • Start your own hall of fame featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander role models.
  • Listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians or watch a movie about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.
  •  Make your own Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander quiz.

  • Study a famous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander such as David Uniapon.
  • Find out who are the Traditional Owners of your area.
  • Study Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts.
  • Visit local Aboriginal sites of significance or interest.
  • Learn the meanings of local or national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander place names and words.
  • Invite local Elders to speak or give a Welcome to Country at your school or workplace.
  • Host a community BBQ or luncheon.
  • Hold a flag raising ceremony.
  • Organise a smoking ceremony.

 Victorian NAIDOC Poster (Ctrl+Click to follow link)