Every year Australia celebrates National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week from the first Sunday of July, throughout the following week. In 1955 the Australian Indigenous community changed from a day of protest to a week including a celebration of culture and traditions to commemorate Australia’s rich history of Indigenous people, which dates as far back as 65,000 years.
The theme for 2019 NAIDOC Week is “Voice. Treaty. Truth. – Let’s work together for a shared future.” This theme acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ continued want for an enhanced role in Australia’s democratic decision-making. This year’s National Awards Ceremony will be held in Canberra on the 6th of July.
Many local organisations are hosting events and celebrations to celebrate NAIDOC Week:
- Frankston – Briars Aboriginal Cultural Walk with Yidaki Monday 8th July
- Somers – Junior Rangers NAIDOC Week Storytime Monday 1st July
- Hastings – Indigenous Stories and Craft Wednesday 10th July
- Somerville – Indigenous Stories and Craft Friday 12th July