Celebrating NAIDOC week

This week, we celebrate NAIDOC week.

But what is “NAIDOC”? We hear it every year, but some of us don’t know what it stands for.

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 aimed to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Each year, a theme is chosen to reflect the important issues and events for NAIDOC Week. This year, NAIDOC week is all about Healing Country.

Healing Country means embracing First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage.

Healing Country means hearing those pleas to provide greater management, involvement, and empowerment by Indigenous peoples over country.

This NAIDOC week, support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights to protect their lands and heritage.

Gateway Health proudly delivers cultural activities that educate people in the North-East region about Aboriginal culture, heritage and environment. These activities are endorsed by Burraja, an Indigenous Cultural and Environmental Discovery Centre located in Wodonga. If you are interested in attending any of our cultural activity programs, visit burraja.com

To find out more about NAIDOC week and participate in celebrations near you, visit naidoc.org.au. Local and online community events are taking place across Australia, so just search for an event where you can share in the celebrations.