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Celebrating NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life, NAIDOC week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

NAIDOC Week is usually held from the first to second Sunday in July each year.

NAIDOC Week 8 to 15 July 2018 — Because of Her, We Can!

Gladys Elphick (1904-1988) was the founding president of the Council of Aboriginal Women of South Australia, which worked for the rights of Indigenous women. In 2003, the Aboriginal women’s group advising the International Women’s Day Committee (South Australia) presented the inaugural Gladys Elphick award.

Further information on NAIDOC week

Download and the NAIDOC History Timeline (PDF 7MB) to learn about the history of NAIDOC week.

To find out about events in your area please visit the NAIDOC week events page. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees are able to access Cultural Leave to attend NAIDOC week events.

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