NAIDOC Week is an annual celebration that recognises and honours the rich history, diverse cultures and significant achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is a time to reflect on the contributions of Indigenous Australians and promote awareness and understanding of their ongoing journey towards equality and justice.
NAIDOC Week has a profound history that stretches back to the 1920s. Initially, it started as a single day of observance to raise awareness about the treatment and conditions faced by Indigenous Australians. Over time, it evolved into a week-long celebration that highlights Indigenous cultures, traditions and achievements.
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme ’For Our Elders’ was chosen to pay tribute to the cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, and leaders that are Elders. Across every generation, Elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in Indigenous communities and families.
NAIDOC Week serves as a platform to honour the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across various fields, including art, sports, education, politics and cultural preservation. By highlighting these accomplishments, we can challenge stereotypes and amplify Indigenous voices.
Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is also a vital aspect of NAIDOC Week. It provides an opportunity for individuals and communities to come together, engage in dialogue and foster understanding and respect. Reconciliation involves acknowledging the past, promoting equality and supporting initiatives that empower Indigenous peoples.
One of the great ways to celebrate NAIDOC Week is to get involved and explore the various events and activities that promote reconciliation and create lasting connections. We’ve put together a list of upcoming local NAIDOC Week events that anyone is welcome to attend. Every event is free of charge to enter, though some may have paid aspects like rides or specific exhibitions.
NAIDOC Family Fun Days/Community Events/Festivals
- Indigenous Wild Foods and Cultural Festival - 02/07, Oxley Creek Common Rocklea
- Logan Community NAIDOC Family Fun Day - 04/07, Kingston Butter Factor
- Northside NAIDOC Family Fun Day - 04/07, Koobara Kindergarten Taigum
- Inala NAIDOC Family Day - 05/07, C.J. Greenfield Complex Park Richlands
- Gold Coast Titans NAIDOC Community Event – 05/07 Firth Park Mudgeeraba
- NAIDOC Celebration - 05/07, Intercity Circuit Beenleigh
- Ipswich NAIDOC Family and Cultural Celebration - 06/07, Flinders View
- NAIDOC Family Fun Day – 07/07, Eidsvold State School
- Musgrave Park Family Fun Day - 07/07, Musgrave Park South Brisbane
- MMEIC 2023 NAIDOC Community Day – for our Elders! - 08/07, Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island
- Acacia Ridge NAIDOC – For Our Elders- 14/07, Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School (The Murri School)
- NAIDOC Community Festival - 15/07, George Clayton Park Manly
- NAIDOC for Jajumms - 19/07, Springwood Road State School
- Mindle Bygul Aboriginal Corporation NAIDOC Day - 22/07, APEX Park Deception Bay
- First 5 Forever Jarjum Storytime: NAIDOC Week - 03/07, Brisbane Square Library
- NAIDOC Week online Storytime with Kieron Anderson - 03/07, Online
- First Five Forever Pop Up Library - 03/07, IndigiScapes Centre
- First 5 Forever Jarjum Storytime: NAIDOC Week - 04/07, Carindale Library
- NAIDOC Week Storytime - 04/07, Zillmere Library
- Baby Time - 04/07, Cleveland Library
- Toddler Time - 05/07, Victoria Point Library
- NAIDOC Week Storytime - 08/07, Inala Library
- NAIDOC Week Storytime - 08/07, Sandgate Library
- NAIDOC Week Poster Exhibition - 03/07 – 18/07, Ipswich Community Gallery
- NAIDOC Week Community Bushwalk - 04/07, Government House Paddington
- NAIDOC Week jewelry making - 05/07, Inala Library
- NAIDOC Week - Nana Magic, Tilly and Friends - 05/07, Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre
- NAIDOC Week - Nana Magic, Tilly and Friends - 06/07, Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre
- Mangal Bungal: Clever Hands - 07/07 – 09/07, Queensland Museum
- NAIDOC Week – Aboriginal Art and Cultural Workshop - 08/07, Karawatha Forest and Discovery Centre
- Tour: Art & This Place - 09/07, Queensland Art Gallery
- NAIDOC Week - Stomp, with Aunty Sharron! - 11/07, Downfall Creek Bushland Centre
If you attend one of these events, please tag Mamre on our socials.
NAIDOC Week is a significant occasion for all Australians to come together and celebrate the rich heritage and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. By recognising the history, achievements and cultural practices of Indigenous Australians, we can foster a deeper understanding, promote reconciliation and work towards a more inclusive and equitable society.
At Mamre, we fully embrace NAIDOC Week as an opportunity to learn, reflect and honour the past, present, and future of Indigenous communities. Although we are still early in our journey of reconciliation, we are excited for where this path will lead as we commit to raising the voices of local Indigenous communities.