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'NAIDOC' originally stood for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'.
We celebrate and observe NAIDOC week with the direct guidance of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It's held in the first week of July. The concept of NAIDOC Week is to bring people together from different backgrounds and to recognise the important place of the first people of Australia. It's been a staple of the Australian calendar since 1975.
Every July, we celebrate NAIDOC Week as a community. There is always a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere among our local Indigenous and non-Indigenous families and it's always great to see the members of the Aboriginal community directly working hard to contribute to the event.
There are lots of activities and opportunities for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community to proudly share their culture for the community to appreciate.
An Acknowledgement of Country is always delivered as well; and all of these activities are directly administered by dedicated members of the Aboriginal community.
26 May – National Sorry Day
This is an annual event that has been held on 26 May in Australia since 1998. The event remembers and commemorates the mistreatment of the country's Indigenous peoples as part of an ongoing process of reconciliation between the First Nation peoples of Australia and the settler population.
Every 26 May, National Sorry Day prompts us to remember the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. During the 20th century, Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families to be “assimilated” into white Australian culture. They are known as the “Stolen Generations.” An official apology was eventually made to First Nation Australians and actions are still being undertaken to repair the damage caused by tearing native families apart.
Last Week In May – National Reconciliation WeekThis week promotes reconciliation between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples of Australia.
Second Sunday In July – National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander DayThis is celebrated as a part of NAIDOC Week, and marks the end of the celebrations.
9 August – International Day for the World's Indigenous PeopleThis day draws attention globally to the poverty and discrimination suffered by many of the world's 350 million Indigenous people, and their continued struggle for equality, respect and human rights.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Significant Days
First Sunday to First Saturday in July- NAIDOC WeekNAIDOC 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.