Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2023

NAIDOC Week is a significant event in Australia, dedicated to celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of First Nations peoples.

History of NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC, which stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, was established in 1957. Its roots, however, can be traced back to the 1920s, when Aboriginal rights groups first sought to raise awareness and advocate for the rights and well-being of First Nations Australians.

Originally, NAIDOC Week was a day of protest and activism. Over time, it has evolved into a full week of celebrations, featuring community events, art exhibitions, and educational activities.

Today, NAIDOC Week is embraced by people from all walks of life and encourages all to actively participate in the celebrations.

Theme for NAIDOC Week 2023

This year's theme, "For Our Elders," highlights the invaluable contributions of Indigenous elders to our communities.

Elders play a vital role in sharing knowledge, traditions, and culture. They are the custodians of the stories, languages, and customs that have been passed down from generation to generation. They provide guidance and wisdom to younger generations, helping to preserve and pass on the cultural heritage of their people.

Honouring Our Elders

NAIDOC Week provides a platform for individuals, communities, and organisations to engage in various activities that celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage.

Here are some ways you can participate:

Be real. Explore the Red Dust YouTube channel to learn more about the remote communities, in the Northern Territory. The music videos are created in communities where the stories, values, and themes hold great significance to families and their community.

Be ready. Watch the recording of our NAIDOC Week Yarn, where we discuss the important role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders in communities. This 60-minute panel discussion is free to attend. Optional Tax-Deductible Donation. Watch the recording here.

Be respectful. Challenge your knowledge of Australian history with our myth-busting module.

NAIDOC Week is an important occasion to recognise, honour, and celebrate the culture, history, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Let us all come together to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2023 and continue the journey towards reconciliation.

Play a role in preservation

With your support we can continue to provide young people with opportunities to learn from their Elders on-Country — the best place to learn about your own culture.