NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
From Sunday 8 July to Sunday 15 July this year’s theme, Because of her, we can! celebrates the role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played and continue to play at the community, local, state and national levels.
You can also read about some of these passionate and dedicated women here.
NAIDOC week’s roots track back to pre-1920s, as a protest on Australia Day against the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. In 1938, a protest became known as the Day of Mourning.
The Day of Mourning became a regular event and in 1955 was moved to the first Sunday in July, and expanded to become a day of celebration as well as protest. In 1956, National Aborigines Day Observance Committee (NADOC) was formed and the second Sunday in July became a day of remembrance. Fast forward today, NAIDOC is now National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, inclusive of Torres Strait Island people and lasts a week.
Victorian Parliament passed the Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 on June 21 this year. To find out more about the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission, click here.
Melbourne has a wide range of events on this week, to celebrate and highlight NAIDOC week including the NAIDOC exhibition at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum and Koolin Ngargee (Family Celebration) on Thursday 12 July at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victorian.
Cenitex is located on the land of the Traditional Owners of the Kulin Nation.