National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday through to Sunday) to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn more about the history and cultures of our First Nations people and to celebrate the oldest continuing culture on earth.
This year’s theme Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! encourages all of us to join together to push for institutional, structural and cooperative change while celebrating and recognising those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders who have led change over generations before us.
Staff across Uniting Vic.Tas will be joining in local celebrations across Victoria and Tasmania to celebrate NAIDOC week. We also believe NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to affirm our support as the largest community services organisation in Victoria and Tasmania for the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a First Nations voice to Parliament protected in the constitution. We believe a First Nations voice must be enshrined in the constitution to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have a voice over the laws, policies and decisions that affect them.
To find out more about NAIDOC celebrations happening across Australia visit the NAIDOC website.