Why do we celebrate NAIDOC Week?
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03 July 2023
First Nations Australians are the oldest continuing living culture in the world, and during NAIDOC Week, we honour their history, culture, and achievements. NAIDOC Week, an annual celebration, runs from Sunday, 2 to Sunday, 9 July.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week began in the 1920s with the emergence of Aboriginal groups who sought to increase awareness in the community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
This year's theme, 'For our Elders', is particularly close to the heart of BaptistCare and the people we are committed to serving.
We have long known the value, wisdom, and perspective elders bring to our everyday lived experience. First Nations elders, too, hold prominence in communities and within families, sharing cultural knowledge and being trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, and leaders. They are a guiding light, paving the way for younger generations. At BaptistCare, we too believe the seniors we work with each day are incredible trailblazers, advocates, and leaders. They have much to teach us about resilience, grace, tenacity, and leadership.
If you plan on hosting your own NAIDOC Week event, here are some suggestions to design an inclusive and culturally sensitive event: