NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once the drive behind organising activities during NAIDOC Week and now over time, this acronym has become the name of the week itself.
These celebrations are held across the country each July to honour the history, culture, and significant achievements of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people. Each year the committee picks a new theme and this year the events are supporting the phrase “Because of her, we can!”
The celebration is about the role Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander women play in active and significant positions within the community at local, state, and national levels. These positions include leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists, and social change advocates. They are fighting for justice, equal rights, rights to country, access to education, employment, culture celebration, language, music, and art.
In the past, Indigenous women’s role in communities have been invisible, unsung, or diminished — making the women-focused theme an important one for this NAIDOC Week.
Apart from the National NAIDOC Award Ceremony (held in Sydney), there are plenty of events happening across the state where you can celebrate. Here are just some of the many events being held this year:
Free family fun day including dance performances, painting workshops, basket weaving, didgeridoo lessons, reptiles, petting zoo, food, and much more fun for the family.
Saturday, July 7, 2018 — 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Jubilee Park, Beaudesert, Qld, 4285.
The previous X Factor winner, Isaiah, has been spending the last few years gathering accolades, awards, and huge global success along the way. This is an opportunity for everyone to hear his soaring vocals live on stage and free, as part of Redland City’s NAIDOC Week celebrations.
Sunday, July 8, 2018 — 12:00pm to 4:30pm.
Redland Performing Arts Centre, Qld, 4163.
Watch a community come together as they raise the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian Flags in harmony before enjoying a free morning tea.
Monday, July 9, 2018 — 8:30am to 9:30am
Nelson Reserve, Jaycee Way, Gympie, 4570.
Presented by Kalwun and Deadly Choices, enjoy the day having fun with the whole family with arts and crafts stalls, musical and dance performances, traditional food and cooking displays, raffles and competitions, and a SUPAC touch footy challenge.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 — 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Firth Park, Mudgeeraba, Qld, 4213.
For more events and to find out how you can get amongst the celebrations view the official NAIDOC website.