30 Jun NAIDOC Week: July 3-10
National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held in July each year throughout Australia, to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The theme for NAIDOC week this year is ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’. This means moving beyond acknowledgement and unfulfilled commitments, and taking action to rally for systemic change in support of our First Nations.
NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations culture and histories, especially given that Australia’s Indigenous culture is the oldest, continuous living culture in the world. Here in the Gladstone Region, our traditional custodians of the land are the Bailai, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang and Taribelang Bunda people.
One way you can get involved with learning about our local First Nations’ cultures is through the two exhibitions being held at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum. ‘This Place’ is a visual exhibition that is a collaboration between Jassy Watson and Nicole Wone. There will also be a NAIDOC exhibition profiling the art of First Nations people, heritage works, local voices and memories from the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum collection.
There are plenty of other ways to get involved with NAIDOC Week. Why not try listening to Indigenous musicians, learning the meanings of local Aboriginal place names and words, or studying a famous Indigenous Australian.
To create a NAIDOC Week event, go to https://www.naidoc.org.au/get-involved/events/add-your-event and your event will be reviewed.