Whether you are a local resident, settler or tourist exploring this beautiful country, NAIDOC week celebrated from 7 to 14 July is the perfect time to get oriented with Indigenous Australia’s rich culture, history and traditions. National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) celebrates our Indigenous peoples past and present, achievements and welcomes everyone who wishes to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Resonating with the Indigenous voice of this country and the three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, this year’s theme is ‘VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. Let’s work together for a shared future‘.
We’ve collated a list of the top 5 events that are happening this week across the state of NSW, so you can make the most of this culturally-illuminating journey:
- NAIDOC Community Day
Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service is hosting the NAIDOC Community Day on Thursday, 11 July at Forster that will offer a great window into Aboriginal culture, community and way of life. You can look forward to a day of fun activities with various rides, photo booths, dancers, Elders tent, BBQ, and jumping castles among others. Here’s more info.
- Film screening: Servant or Slave (2016)
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is presenting a free screening of the 2016 documentary film Servant or Slave on 11 July from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. The movie follows the journey of five courageous women during the era of the Stolen Generation and their extraordinary tale of resilience and fortitude in the face of injustice. Head to Lecture Theatre, Level 2 of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia to watch this amazing movie. Click here for more details.
- NAIDOC in the City
For those of you looking for more attractions in the city, City of Sydney has organised many community-focused free events and family activities on Saturday, 13 July at Hyde Park and Elizabeth Street. You can find yourself immersed in a variety of activities ranging from children’s games, Indigenous dances, educational and interactive displays, face-painting, food zones, to art and culture workshops around weaving, jewelry making, and community art murals. Learn more about the events here.
- Indigenous Business Workshop
If entrepreneurship is your dream and you’re looking for inspiration to help your idea take flight, you may find your footing at ‘National Centre of Indigenous Excellence’. At this three-hour workshop organised by IndigiSpace at Redfern, you can meet with other business aspirants, discuss the scope of your business and purpose, ideate on the plan of action, figure out the various marketing opportunities and get expert advice and support. Read more.
- Burramatta NAIDOC
Join in the all-day celebrations and free activities with your family and friends at Parramatta Park on Sunday, 14 July. You can participate in a range of weaving workshops, Indigenous games, Taronga zoomobile and dreamtime stories and explore the various market stalls decked with local merchandise, arts and crafts. Find more details here.
As you enjoy and get wowed with the week’s activities that will no doubt enrich your knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it is important to continue your educational journey to support the wider movement in closing the gap with Indigenous Australians. There are many ways that you can get involved longer term, with a variety of programs you can support.
Now is the time to make a difference.
MTC’s Opportunity Hub for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Students is one such program that helps the next generation of First Australians take pride in their rich roots, connect with their traditions, dream big and succeed in life. We empower and support Indigenous youth from years 5-12 to ease their transition from school onto higher education or to seek work afterwards, in line with their future aspirations.