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NAIDOC Week: What it is and How You Can Get Involved

NAIDOC Week is celebrated around the country and recognises the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year, NAIDOC week will be 3-10 July 2022. 

NAIDOC Week is the perfect time to learn more about the rich history of our First Nations peoples and enjoy the incredible events happening around the country.

Read more: Five Things You Can do Right Now to Support and Celebrate First Nations Culture

What is NAIDOC Week?

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year from Sunday to Sunday. By attending NAIDOC Week events and activities, you’ll support your local First Nations communities, learn about their histories and participate in the celebrations of one of Earth’s oldest living civilisations. 

Each year, a different theme is picked for NAIDOC Week. In 2022, the theme is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! The aim is to narrow the gap between good intentions and actual, tangible change. Everyone living in Australia – including international students – is responsible for bringing about this change.

The NAIDOC Week website explains: “Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, Constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism – we must do it together.”

Awards are also given at the annual National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony, which recognises “the outstanding contributions that Indigenous Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people in their communities and beyond, to promote Indigenous issues in the wider community, or the excellence they’ve shown in their chosen field.”

How can I get involved?

NAIDOC Week is celebrated across the country through local community events. To find some in your area, visit the dedicated events page and type in your postcode. 

To get you started, some of the most exciting options in each state and territory include:

NSW – National Indigenous Art Fair

2-3 July 2022

The National Indigenous Art Fair in Sydney showcases First Nations artists, designers and makers from around Australia. The event will feature over 50 craft and bushfood stalls, performances and a Smoking Ceremony.

VIC – VIC NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony 

4 July 2022

Every year in Melbourne, NAIDOC Week kicks off with a Flag Raising Ceremony in Fed Square. This year, it will be held on Monday 4 July 2022 from 9-11:30am. The celebration will include a Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country and a moment of silence for those who have come before us. 

QLD – NAIDOC in the Park

4 July 2022, 8 July 2022

Brisbane is hosting a wide range of NAIDOC Week events, including the Inala NAIDOC Week Launch on 4 July and the Magandjin (Brisbane) NAIDOC Celebration 2022 on 8 July.

SA – Storytime with illustrator Karen Briggs

10 July 2022

Join illustrator and graphic designer Karen Briggs for stories, drawing and learning of her culture from Yorta Yorta country in this fun and interactive session for people of all ages.

WA – Take Heart: Deadly Heart screening

3 July 2022

Tune in to the screening of this powerful documentary, which explores the troubling reality of Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD). RHD is a preventable childhood illness that claims the lives of two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples every week.

ACT – MEGAfauna afterDARK

2 (sold out), 3, 7, 8 & 9 July 2022

Explore the Australian National Botanic Gardens after dark, meet the ‘MEGAfauna’, and enjoy stories and songs from local First Nations storyteller Tyrone Bell.

NT – Deadly Cup Carnival

3 July 2022

A fun day out in Darwin showcasing the Rugby League talent from across the Northern Territory. There will also be cooking demonstrations and performances.

TAS – Nayri Niara NAIDOC Celebration

3 July 2022

Enjoy a family-friendly event celebrating the knowledge and culture of Tasmanian Aboriginal People. There will be singing, dancing, guest speakers and delicious food!