NAIDOC Week, typically beginning on the first Sunday of July and extending through to the following Sunday is a massive week for mob full of events and celebrations.
NAIDOC celebrates the history, culture and achievements of our people and is celebrated by many non-Indigenous Australians as well.
There is both a national NAIDOC committee and a state committee that put on a host of different events that fall under the chosen theme. Events include the flag raising, the NAIDOC march and the national and state NAIDOC ball.
NAIDOC Week hasn’t always looked how it does today. Originally, we celebrated ‘Aborigines Day’ on the Sunday before ‘Australia Day’ until 1955 when it was moved to the first Sunday of July. National Aborigines Day Observance Committee (NADOC) was soon formed and in 1974 they decided that the celebrations should be held over a week rather than just a day and so it was now celebrated from the first to the second Sunday of July.
In the 90’s NADOC decided to incorporate Torres Strait Islander people and issues as well and became known as the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC).
The National NAIDOC Committee has made key decisions on national celebrations each year and has representatives from most Australian states and territories.