Aboriginal culture is the original culture of the Country we now stand, and the oldest living culture and civilization in the world.
First Nations people were our first farmers, bakers, navigators, philosophers, astronomers, engineers, artists, and healers.
NAIDOC week is an opportunity for all people living in this country to come together and learn about the history and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples, and celebrate their achievements and rich contributions to the Australian society.
This year, given the circumstances, NAIDOC Week is happening online from 5th July to 12th July. Also a second edition set to happen from 8th November to 15th November.
NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week is an Australian observance lasting from the first Sunday in July until the following Sunday. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The NAIDOC 2020 theme - Always Was, Always Will Be. - recognises and celebrates that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the ancient history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations
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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Between 1940 and 1955 the Day of Mourning was held annually on the Sunday before Australia Day and was commonly known as “Aborigines Day” (Aborigines is an outdated term now considered a slur and you should not use it. Aboriginal is the correct term). In 1955 it was decided that Aborigines Day should include a celebration of Aboriginal culture, heritage and achievement.
Neigh (like a horse) — dock (like "Sitting on the dock of the bay…").
NAIDOC week is to acknoledge, recognise and celebrate the 65,000 plus year culture and connection to this Country. Reconciliation Week aims to bring people together to reflect about the damage caused to the First Nation peoples in the last 250 years, and take part in amplifying First Nations’ voices and call for reconciliation and justice.
"If people don’t have the opportunity to heal from trauma, they may unknowingly pass it on to others through their behavior. Their children may experience difficulties with attachment, disconnection from their extended families and culture and high levels of stress from family and community members who are dealing with the impacts of trauma. This can create developmental issues for children, who are particularly susceptible to distress at a young age. This creates a cycle of trauma, where the impact is passed from one generation to the next. In Australia, Intergenerational Trauma predominantly affects the children, grandchildren and future generations of the Stolen Generations. Stolen Generations members might also pass on the impacts of institutionalization, finding it difficult to know how to nurture their children because they were denied the opportunity to be nurtured themselves." (The Healing Foundation)
We Invite you to watch the movie Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) and the documentary After the Apology (2017)
As immigrants is even harder for us to learn about Aboriginal cultures, as this is so distant from our reality previous to moving to Australia. Is OK not to know everything, but we can always chose to educate ourselves!
Screen Stories are one of my favorite ways of learning a new culture. With COVID-19 this can be a great way of celebrating NAIDOC! Here's a couple of suggestions made to us by Indigenous Australians: