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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.
26th May – National Sorry DayThis important day of observance commemorates the history of forcible removals of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and their subsequent placing in care by non-Indigenous foster parents (the Stolen Generation). Its complementary name is Journey of Healing Day.
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.
9th 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.
2018 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Significant Days