A TIME TO RECOGNISE
‘BECAUSE OF HER, WE CAN’ IS THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S NAIDOC WEEK
NAIDOC stands for “National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee”. The committee was once responsible for co-ordinating activities during a week of commemoration of Australia’s indigenous peoples and the acronym has stuck.
Each year, a National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony is held to recognise the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across many fields of endeavour including community work, environmental care, the arts, sport and academia.
Past winners of NAIDOC’s Person of the Year award are NBA basketballer Patty Mills, educationalist Chris Sarra, academic Larissa Behrendt, AFL identity Darryl Kickett, actor Deborah Mailman and sportsman Anthony Mundine.
Each NAIDOC Week has a theme. The 2018 theme is “Because of her, we can”, a tribute to the role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women play as pillars of the community.
Local communities around Australia organise hundreds of NAIDOC events. Details of many local celebrations can be found on the NAIDOC website at naidoc.org.au.