NAIDOC Week ( NAY-dok) is an Australian celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples. The observance is from the first Sunday in July until the following Sunday. The acronym NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. It has its roots in the 1938 Day of Mourning, becoming a week-long event in 1975.
The week is celebrated not just in the Indigenous Australian communities but now widely celebrated in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces.
For this year, the theme adapted is Heal Country! The message calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.
This year’s theme also seeks substantive institutional, structural, and collaborative reform – something generations of our Elders and communities have been clamouring for.
Heal Country about listeing and taking actions on the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples which are the culmination of generations of consultation and discussions among our nations on a range of issues and grievances.
Heal Country, heal our nation.