Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Week

Indigenous Stories from Elders Get Told

There are stories that you are told but never sink in at times until you get older and start to realize that they matter. It isn’t to say that everything or every story you are told matters, but some do. Some come with days to celebrate – which makes them quite important. In July every year, there’s a celebration of the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. Here are a few things you may need to know about them. 

The ceremony, Awards, and Respect

Learning from and sharing stories with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders is a special thing, which is why we’re so excited about the storytelling happening this NAIDOC Week. The National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee Week is held annually in July to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It dates back to 1938 when an Australian-wide day was first held to celebrate Indigenous people’s cultures. The Week has since become a celebration full of art, music, dance, and stories in Canberra and across Australia. According to their website, NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia during the first full week of July. The Week is an excellent opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week is celebrated not only in the Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The Week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. The theme for Week in 2018 was ‘Because of Her, We Can!’ which focused on paying homage to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have played – and continue to play – active and significant roles in the community, and local, state, and national levels. This theme was chosen to celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women make to communities, families, rich history, and the nation. NAIDOC developed from the Day of Mourning, a protest held by indigenous Australians on Australia Day in 1938. NAIDOC Week (2–9 July) is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture, and achievements and is an opportunity to recognize the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. The Week is celebrated in the Indigenous communities and by Australians from all walks of life. The Week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Islander Week

Celebrating those who have made an impact on the world is something everyone should be proud of. The good thing is that today, you can’t forget to celebrate them as there are constant reminders. There’s a week set aside when it comes to celebrating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. Here’s all that’s involved in the Week and what people do. 

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