This week is NAIDOC Week and the theme this year is Heal Country and one of the first ways to heal country is to know the name of the country Australia’s first people call the land on which you work and live. It’s also a great theme that reminds us all about the need to consider our impact on the land, water and air; and the important connection that Australia’s first people have with the land.
NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
If you want to be part of the celebrations, there are lots of different ways to celebrate NAIDOC Week. Here are 20 ways you can participate:
- Virtually attend one of the many of the online events available in the NAIDOC Week Official Calendar
- Download and display this year’s NAIDOC Week poster or look through the previous poster gallery.
- Call someone in your community to have a chat about this year’s theme ‘Heal Country!’ and what it means to you
- Watch special NAIDOC Week programming on SBS/NITV and ABC
- Learn more about the Country on which you live and work using the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia
- Find a book to read, written and published by Indigenous authors and illustrators through Magabala Books or suggest one for your next book club
- Check out some music and podcasts from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creators on Indigitube.
- Take a look at how you can support Indigenous businesses through the Supply Nation Indigenous Business Direct.
- Learn more about how to deliver an Acknowledgement of Country
- Find out more about the history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and how you can fly them.
- Get creative in the kitchen using Australian bushfood and native ingredients such as kangaroo, macadamia or lemon myrtle.
- Use this year’s theme to connect to Country by going for a walk (if restrictions permit), exercising outside, visiting a local park or gardening.
- Research Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history or start some family history research.
- Host an online quiz and test the knowledge of your friends and family on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures or histories.
- Be inspired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and crafts or get creative at home.
- Try colouring in the NAIDOC Week poster.
- Consider nominating someone for a National NAIDOC Award. While submissions for the National NAIDOC Awards are currently closed, you can begin preparing nominations for the 2022 awards for when they open later this year.
- Visit the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander exhibitions of museums and galleries in-person or online.
- Plan your Australian travel bucket list including Indigenous sites of significance or interest.
- Join the conversation online using the NAIDOC Week hashtags #NAIDOC2021, #NAIDOCWeek and #HealCountry