NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
This year’s theme was selected by the National NAIDOC Committee to honour all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country.
National NAIDOC Committee co-chairs Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell said this year’s theme is about proudly highlighting and recognising the role they have played in shaping the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity and pausing to reflect on their sacrifice.
“This is about our warriors in the Frontier Wars to our warriors who have served with honour and pride in Australia’s military conflicts and engagements across the globe,” Ms Martin said.
“We wanted to celebrate and honour their priceless contribution to our nation,” Mr Mitchell said.
NAIDOC Week 2014, from 6–13 July, is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to join together to recognise the valuable contribution Indigenous people have made to this country.
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