Poster: Joanne Cassady, Our Languages Matter
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
2017 dates: July 2-9. Theme: Our Languages Matter
Wiradjuri woman Joanne Cassady, is the winning artist of this year’s poster competition. Get your free copy of the poster with Joanne’s artwork
The 2017 theme celebrates the essential role Indigenous languages play in both cultural identity, linking people to their land and water, and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
What impresses us from afar is the breadth and depth of celebrations.
NAIDOC originally was an acronym for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. The (as yet unnamed) committee was first officially formed on Australia Day 1938 in Sydney by a group of around 100 Aboriginal people who gathered for the first Day of Mourning, to protest against the treatment of Aboriginal people around Australia.
In 1957 the National Aborigines Day Observance Committee (NADOC) formed and the second Sunday in July became a day of remembrance and celebration for Aboriginal people and heritage. In 1991 NADOC became NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee), to recognize Torres Strait Islanders and to describe a whole week of recognition, rather than one day. The committee’s acronym has become the name of the week itself.
- Is there an analog to NAIDOC Week in other countries?
- How has NAIDOC Week evolved?
- What are the dates for NAIDOC Week 2018?
- For those interested in Indigenous and Aboriginal languages, which are the accounts to follow on Twitter?
- Are there any recommended apps for Australia’s Aboriginal and Indigenous languages?
- For those interested in Indigenous and Aboriginal languages, which are the videos to watch on Twitter?