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NAIDOC Week is a yearly celebration that recognises the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Indigenous peoples come together during this week-long festival to celebrate all the things that make these communities great.

NAIDOC Week Sydney 2024 Dates, Celebration, Activities, Theme & Events

The NAIDOC 2023 theme was For Our Elders. Across every generation, our Elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in our communities and families. They are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers and our loved ones.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, and each year, there are many activities scheduled which are open to the public. Australians are encouraged to get out and learn more about the traditional Indigenous owners in Australia, to study artworks and crafts, watch Indigenous films, join with Indigenous people for talks, seminars or exhibitions or attend a smoking ceremony.

The NAIDOC Week awards ceremony is another way the community recognises Indigenous Australians. Awards are given out to those who have shown excellence in their field and include a Lifetime Achievement Award, Person of the Year, Female Elder of the Year, Male Elder of the Year, Caring for Country Award, Youth of the Year, Artist of the Year, Scholar of the Year, Apprentice of the Year and Sportsperson of the Year.

The public can join the NAIDOC Week Awards for a three-course meal, drinks and live entertainment.

So, gather your friends together and join in by celebrating the amazing culture and tradition of Indigenous communities in Australia.

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