Celebrating National NAIDOC Week
June 28th, 2023
Running 2-9 July, National NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations histories, in celebration of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.
This year’s theme – For Our Elders – speaks to the generations of cultural knowledge holders and trailblazers who have paved the way through their tireless advocacy and activism. This week offers the opportunity to not only reflect on this long lineage of knowledge and experience, but equally, to acknowledge how Elders continue to play an important role in our communities. This influence can be seen across multiple sectors including volunteering, as well as health, education, the arts, politics, and everything in between.
Here at The Centre, we believe the voices of all people are vital to our work and reflect our diverse communities. It is in this spirit that we invite you to get involved in NAIDOC Week and the nation-wide celebrations. From attending community events to engaging with educational resources, this is a time to listen to and amplify the voices of First Nations Peoples.
Yarn Up is a storytelling series developed in proud partnership with Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Coorporation, featuring interviews from a range of First Nations volunteers, leaders, organisations and groups.
We currently have three chapters that are live:
We value the knowledge and experience of community partners and nurture genuine, ongoing relationships. Our free workshop with Aunty Munya and Carla Rogers from our partner, Evolve Communities, is running on Wednesday 23 August. This fantastic event, Family, Kinship, Sorry Business and Cultural Leave, will explore the complexity, ingenuity, and sense of belonging that family and kinship systems provide, and how this is relevant today in the workplace.
From articles like Which Country am I on? to explanations of Welcome and Acknowledgements of Country, our digital hub features many articles and resources which can support your learning, best practice, and day-to-day operations.
The Care to Share series is a new initiative showcasing the real-life stories, insights and achievements of volunteer managers and community leaders. Our first chapter spotlights Graham Toomey, CEO of Gunawirra, and leading Aboriginal artist, designer and cultural consultant from the Wurrumunga Clan of the Wirajudri and Wongaibon Aboriginal Nations of Western NSW.
Jump on the NAIDOC Week website to browse a nation-wide listing of all community events in your local area, browse educational resources, or download a communication Tool Kit, so you can help spread the word with your networks.