Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2015

Churches of Christ in Queensland proudly celebrates NAIDOC Week 2015 (5 – 12 July).

A number of our staff and volunteers and many of our clients identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Therefore, this week is important to us both as individuals and as an organisation.

We will celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia through a variety of local activities ranging from breakfasts to educational sessions.  To view the full range of events in your local area, visit the NAIDOC Week events calendar.

Furthering our connection to Indigenous Australians, we are developing a Reconciliation Action Plan to be endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. This plan contains a range of practical activities to build stronger relationships and greater respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.  More details about will be provided closer to its release.

We encourage you to celebrate NAIDOC Week, either by attending an event or by learning more about Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander culture.

 

Did you know?

The 2015 NAIDOC Week theme of We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea. Learn more about NAIDOC Week here.

Churches of Christ has a longstanding historical and high level current day involvement with a range of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities. Read more about Indigenous mission here.

The first Aboriginal Australian appointed to a vice-regal role was Church of Christ Pastor and champion Fitzroy footballer, Sir Doug Nicholls. Read about Sir Doug here.

 

What is NAIDOC and why is NAIDOC Week important?

NAIDOC originally stood for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. The origins of NAIDOC can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s, which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

All Australians are encouraged to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week.

Find out answers to frequently asked NAIDOC questions here.

Posted July 3, 2015 in News