Because of her we can - NAIDOC week celebrations

From 8 to 15 July we commemorate NAIDOC Week, a week of celebrations that are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

A week of celebrations and events that are inclusive to all Australians.  

NAIDOC week originates back to the 1920s

It has progressed over the time from protests, to a Day of Mourning and then to a day of celebration. In 1956, the National Aborigines Day Observance Committee (NADOC) was formed and at that same time, the second Sunday in July became a day of remembrance for Aboriginal people and their heritage.

In 1975 the NADOC committee then decided that the event should cover a week from the first to second Sunday in July.  From the early 90s due to a growing awareness of the distinct cultural histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, NADOC was expanded to recognise Torres Strait Islander people and culture. Therefore the name was then changed to NAIDOC.

Because of her, we can!

Each year a theme is chosen to reflect the important issues and events for NAIDOC week. At the moment there is a growing universal movement such as #Me Too and #Press for Progress. Similarly, this year’s NAIDOC theme is a recognition to Women: Because of her we can!

As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play instrumental roles across the nation. As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women fought and continue to fight for justice, equal rights, rights to Country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and cultural connection.

They are grandmothers, elders, mothers, aunties, sisters and daughters. Their achievements, their voice, their unwavering passion and resilience give us strength and have empowered past generations and paved the way for generations to come.

How we’re celebrating

We’re delighted to welcome renowned Indigenous artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins to our Kenmore campus this week. Delvene lives on Minjerribah also known as North Stradbroke Island and is a Nunukul, Ngugi and Goenpul woman of Quandamooka Country. She lives and works on Minjerribah with her family.  Delvene was selected to design the gold, silver and bronze medals for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

We have lots of activities planned so if you’re nearby, drop by and say hello.

  • 9 July - Hervey Bay Family Fun Day, 10am-2pm, Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre
  • 10 July - NAIDOC event, Townsville Hospital, Angus Smith Drive, Douglas
  • 11 July - Musgrave Family Fun Day - Musgrave Park, Cordelia Street, South Brisbane
               - Inala NAIDOC, 10am -2pm, CJ Greenfield, Freeman Road, Inala
               - NAIDOC presentation, Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, 11am to noon, Kenmore Community Centre, Brookfield Road, Kenmore
  • 23 July - Maryborough Family Fun Day, 10am-2pm, Maryborough City Hall
  • 27 July - NAIDOC Week Assembly, 2pm to 4pm, Respected Elders & Community Bray Park State School, Bray Park State School Hall, Hopetoun Street, Bray Park.
Posted July 9, 2018 in Our blog