How is your school celebrating NAIDOC Week?
Given that NAIDOC week is held this year from July 7th to the 14th another question might be ‘is your school celebrating?’.
The timing of NAIDOC Week is often difficult for Learning Communities as it generally falls (commencing first Sunday in July) during the end of semester break for most students making it hard to engage with any external community activities and events. However, NAIDOC Week by definition is a celebration – and our celebration does not have to be confined to the dates of official events.
Something lost in time is the sense that churches, back in the 1940’s, were early ‘champions’ of what was then a one day observance of a ‘day of mourning’ held concurrently on Australia Day until 1957. In 1991 that day became a whole week of recognition and NAIDOC Week as we know it came to be.
Today, NAIDOC celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and presents a great learning opportunity for everyone in our learning communities. Term 3 may offer opportunities for students to experience Indigenous Australian music and art, consider dreamtime stories, study a famous Indigenous Australian, research your local Indigenous history, arrange a visit from local Indigenous Elders etc.
There are lots of resources and ideas on the web. Starting places could include: