NAIDOC Week is a yearly celebration which recognises the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In 2018, NAIDOC will be held in Sydney.
Indigenous peoples come together during this week-long festival to celebrate all the things that make these communities great.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee and each year there are a number of 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 that Indigenous Australians are recognised by the community. 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.
Members of the public are able to join the NAIDOC Week Awards for a 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.