NAIDOC Week Celebration 2022

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Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! NAIDOC Week Celebration 2022

04/08/2022

Time to Read: 3 Minutes

 

NAIDOC Week: A Look-Back

NAIDOC Week has been a time to reflect on the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is also a time for us all to reflect on what we can do for our future generations.

 

NAIDOC Week was first celebrated in 1975 and has been observed annually ever since. Its celebrations are held during the first week of July each year and are held every year during the week leading up to Australia Day.

 

The history of NAIDOC is deeply rooted in the political activism of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. NAIDOC week is an important time for Indigenous Australians to celebrate their culture and their language, as well as their history. The name comes from the term “National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee” (NAIDOC).

 

It is celebrated throughout Australia with various events, including concerts and art exhibitions. There are also many sporting events, such as football matches and running races, where participants can wear black armbands with yellow dots to show their support for Indigenous Australians.

 

 

Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

 

A theme is selected for each year to guide the focus of NAIDOC activities. This year’s theme is: Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! It draws attention to the need for people to stand up against injustice and discrimination and show up in solidarity with Indigenous Australians.

 

The NAIDOC Committee wrote: “Now is our time. We cannot afford to lose momentum for change. We all must continue to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for systemic change and to keep rallying around our mob, our Elders, and our communities”.

 

How? NAIDOC calls on us to work together to advocate for proper environmental, cultural, and heritage preservation, Constitutional change, as well as a comprehensive truth-telling process that leads to treaties or the abolition of racism.

 

The words “get up” speak about how important it is for us to recognise our pasts, our culture, and our stories. We need to continue to tell these stories so that we can pass them on to future generations who will use them as inspiration for their lives.

 

The words “stand up” remind us that we must stand together against racism and discrimination wherever they may be found so that we can continue making positive changes in society today—this includes standing up against racism within our own communities too.

 

It is also a call to action for all Australians to “show up” and be proud of who we are and where we come from as Indigenous peoples!

 

 

Get Involved!

 

The week-long celebration is held every July and allows us to learn more about the history, culture, and achievements of Indigenous people in Australia. It also aims to increase awareness of the issues facing Indigenous communities today.

 

This is a call to everyone to get involved! NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. But we shouldn’t stop here.

 

Even when NAIDOC Week is over, we are still called to get involved and learn more about the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 

Here are 10 ways to do that:

  1. Use the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia to learn more about the country in which you live and work.
  2. Magabala Books is a great resource for finding books written and illustrated by Indigenous authors and illustrators to read on your own or to recommend to your local book club.
  3. On Indigitube, you can listen to some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and podcasts.
  4. You can take a look at how you can help indigenous businesses by supporting Supply Nation Indigenous Business Direct.
  5. Gain additional knowledge on how to properly deliver an Acknowledgement of Country.
  6. Study the history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags, as well as the proper way to fly them.
  7. Conduct research into the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, or get started on your family history.
  8. Visit exhibitions dedicated to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture that are hosted at museums and galleries in-person or online.
  9. Create a travel “bucket list” for Australia that includes visits to Indigenous cultural sites of significance or interest.
  10. Invite Indigenous Elders from your community to speak at your school or workplace and ask them to speak about the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 

 

We encourage everyone to participate in these events, educate ourselves about the history and plight of our people, and take part in programs to acknowledge their history.

 

Australia has a rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture that should be celebrated by all. Catalyst Central works towards fostering an empowered community and looks forward to working together towards a better Australia!

 

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