NAIDOC Week is generally held in the second week of July each year.
It is a national event, and is celebrated across the nation by institutions, organisations, families and individuals. NAIDOC formally stands for the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC), but has evolved to be known just as NAIDOC.
History of NAIDOC
In the 1920s and 1930s many Aboriginal organisations, communities and individuals boycotted Australia Day events to remember the original invasion of Australia, as well as the nation’s continue discrimination and oppression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Then on Australia Day 1938, a number of Aboriginal People and organisations came together to commemorate what became formally known as the National Day of Mourning. Up until 1955, Aborigines Day was recognised as the Sunday prior to Australia Day.
By 1956, Aborigines Day was moved from January to the first Sunday in July. It was argued that July could then be a celebration of culture, rather than a January protest. From this time until the 1990s, the National Aborigines Day Observance Committee (NADOC) continued to be the focus of the national celebration of Aboriginal culture.
From the 1990s, the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC), a national body, provide centralised support for the event, including administration of the national poster competition, organising of the NAIDOC awards and administration of focus cities.
What happens around the country?
- In Cairns, Far North Queensland, there is an official march through the streets, culminating in a day at the park.
- In Brisbane, there is a week of events and the final Friday is called Musgrave Park Family Fun Day where thousands of people gather together.
Our posts about NAIDOC:
- I can’t find an elder to speak to my class
- NAIDOC: A Celebration of all that we are (Guest post by Leesa Watego on Anita Heiss‘s blog)