Since 1788, non-Indigenous Australia’s engagement with First Nations Australians, has undergone profound change. From initial friendly, hospitable contact, to frontier wars, through to First Nations Australians representing Australia internationally. The journey continues to unfold.
Every year we are afforded the opportunity to reflect, celebrate and explore Australia’s First Nations Australians culture, history and the contribution First Nations Australians make to contemporary Australia.
NAIDOC week is held between 3-10 July and is a national week set aside for all Australians to engage with this important week.
The theme for this year is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!
RACS Reconciliation Action Working Group has developed the following NAIDOC activities to guide you through important milestones reflecting the NAIDOC theme for 2022.
How you can get involved in NAIDOC week
– Visit local cultural centres with your colleagues. Our Hobart RACS office is planning to visit a local Aboriginal Gallery during the week as an office activity. Perhaps during the year, you can do the same with your team. To assist you in identifying potential venues, have a look below at the list under ‘Get to know your local First Nation Australian history & culture’. You may consider attending some activities during your lunch break or as staff activity.
– Listen to ABC Radio National Podcast on Anthony Martin Fernando whose story is one of the most astounding stories of sacrifice and survival to emerge from Australian shores.
– Reflect on Albert Namatjira’s life and work.
– Be prepared to be inspired by the Official Wimbledon Channel’s aptly titled documentary “The Impossible Dream | Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s journey to Wimbledon glory”.
– If you are interested in participating in any local NAIDOC community event. Click on the useful link below, type your Post Code and a list of community events will be shown in your area.
Get to know your local First Nation Australian history & culture
Southern Cultural Immersion
Hobart and Beyond
Aboriginal culture in Canberra