NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. Many of those early Aboriginal leaders had bot ha strong Aboriginal identity and a strong faith in God including Williams Cooper and Sir Doug and Lady Gladys Nicholls.
NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July (this week!). It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
We encourage all Australians to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week.
Find out what your local council is doing, join in an event – its a great way to meet and show solidarity with your local Indigenous community!