NAIDOC Week celebrates the rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day Observance Committee and the acronym has become commonly known throughout Australia as a week-long celebration. Each year, NAIDOC Week is expressed through a theme, and this year's theme, from Sunday 8 July to Sunday 15 July 2018, is: "BECAUSE OF HER, WE CAN!". It celebrates the essential role that women have played, and continue to play, as active and significant role models in the community.
This year will be the second year that NAIDOC Week will be visibly recognised in the City of Adelaide at Rundle Mall, with Aboriginal flag banners and decorative educational footpath decals to promote cultural awareness and build on cultural pride throughout the city. Join in on Sunday 10 July from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm at Gawler Place Canopy, Rundle Mall. It's going to be huge.
Everyone is invited to take part in the activities and unveiling of this year's inspirational pavement artwork. This year's art by local emerging Aboriginal female artist Lorelle Hunter will be revealed. There will be lots of other activities suitable for the whole family. Some of the highlights include live performances and music by Hannah Yates Music and Corey Theatre Music. The kids will be able to pat and cuddle Australian animals with Animals Anonymous. They can also have their faces painted by Daniela and Co. Do you fancy an Aussie animal design or corroboree-style face paintings? You can taste delicious Australian Native Produce (authentic bush tucker) with Red Centre Enterprises. There will be an interactive weaving demonstration from Gathered Tides and Carclew or you can build a Wodli shelter with Deadly Mob. The Cancer Council SA will have an information and activity stall, and there's much more. Something for everyone I think. And best of all - it's FREE.
Detail from Reconciliation by James Hurley (image by May Cross)
National Reconciliation in a Nutshell 1967 - In a national referendum, 90.77% of Australians vote "YES" to give the Commonwealth Government the power to legislate for aboriginal people and to include them in the census. 1974 - NADOC established (later to become NAIDOC). 1992 - The High Court recognises native title in the landmark case Mabo vs Queensland. PM Paul Keating delivers the "Redfern Speech" recognising the history of dispossession, violence and forced removal of Aboriginal children. 1993 - Australian Parliament passes the Native Title Act. The first Week of Prayer for Reconciliation is held which later becomes National Reconciliation week.
1995 - The Australian Government officially recognises the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.
1996 - The first national Reconciliation Week is celebrated.