NAIDOC Week 2015 – 5th -12th July
- Published on Monday 6 July, 2015
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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 Indigenous Australians.
NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
MEGT encourages all Australians to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week.
A brief history
1956 – 1990
Major Aboriginal organisations, state and federal governments, and a number of church groups all supported the formation of the National Aborigines Day Observance Committee (NADOC). At the same time, the second Sunday in July became a day of remembrance for Aboriginal people and their heritage. In 1975, the NADOC committee decided that the event should cover a week, from the first to second Sunday in July.
1991 – Present
With a growing awareness of the distinct cultural histories of Australia’s Indigenous people, NADOC was expanded to recognise Torres Strait Islander people and culture. The committee then became known as the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC). This new name has become the title for the whole week, not just the day. Each year, a theme is chosen to reflect the important issues and events for NAIDOC Week.
The theme for 2015 is We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate.