NAIDOC Week 2021 will be celebrated from 4-11 July 2021 around Australia.
This years theme is 'Heal Country'
MND NSW acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters of Australia and the Torres Strait and we pay our respects to Elders past and present.
MND NSW acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Country across NSW, ACT and NT on which we work and their continuing connection to land, waters and community.
We make mention of the Wallumdegal or Wattumatagal people of the Eora Nation, where our main office in Sydney is located.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been travelling between each other’s nations for millennia, sharing culture and ceremonies.
NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s achievements, resilience, histories and rich cultures – as the oldest continuing living culture on the planet for over 65,000 years.
Ways you can join the celebration!
To find out more about NAIDOC week, the committee, history and more please visit the NAIDOC website here.
This year, NAIDOC Week will be celebrated differently to ensure we can protect those most vulnerable in our community such as Elders and those with pre-existing health conditions. No matter whether you celebrate at home or in community, there are lots of ways you can honour the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples this NAIDOC Week.
NAIDOC Week is celebrated by local community events taking place across Australia. Search for an event where you can share in the celebrations here.
COVID-safe ideas to help you celebrate NAIDOC Week – see the full list here
- Try colouring in the NAIDOC Week poster.
- Visit the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander exhibitions of museums and galleries.
Find a book to read, written and published by Indigenous authors and illustrators through Magabala Books or suggest one for your next book club.
Across NAIDOC Week, Netflix, NITV/SBS, and ABC iView have a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, documentaries, and exciting new and live content to watch.
The titles being highlighted during NAIDOC Week include: Bran Nue Day, The Sapphires, Goldstone, My Name is Gulpilil, In My Blood It Runs, Mabo, the Australian Dream, Freeman and many more.
Map of Indigenous Australia
The AIATSIS map serves as a visual reminder of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia. It was created in 1996 as part of the Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia project and attempts to show language, social or nation groups based on published sources available up to 1994. View the map here.
Gambay: a map of Australia’s first languages
First Languages Australia in partnership with local language centres across Australia have developed an interactive map to display and promote the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. The map, titled Gambay, translates to "together" in the Butchulla language of the Hervey Bay region in Queensland. Gambay showcases over 780 languages and you can view the interactive map here.
Welcome to Country
Today, there are more than 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses actively engaged in the delivery of over 1000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences. ‘Welcome to Country’ is your guide to experiencing Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australia and gives you access to accommodation, art and culture, attractions, tours and much more.
Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses creates real positive social, cultural and economic outcomes for artists, families and communities. Booking an experience or buying an ethical product ‘puts money into our pockets and into our communities - we are closing the gap ourselves’ explains Aboriginal artist Mick Harding from Ngarga Warendj Dancing Wombat. To find out more, head to the website.
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