Celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
NAIDOC Week is a national celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags
All are welcome to attend the NAIDOC flag raising ceremony at Hobsons Bay Civic Centre.
The speakers for this ceremony are
• Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Councillor Sandra Wilson
• Caroline Martin, former Manager Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum
• Aretha Stewart-Brown, Youth Prime Minister, 2017 National Indigenous Youth Parliament Music Performance
• Alice Skye - 20-year old Alice is Wergaia woman who was a finalist in triple J's Unearthed NIMA competition
This ceremony is being held on Tuesday 4 July 2017 from 12pm -1:30 at Hobsons Bay Civic Centre
Prior to the 1920s, Aboriginal rights groups boycotted Australia Day in protest against the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. On Australia Day, 1938, protesters took it further and marched through the streets of Sydney, followed by a congress attended by over a thousand people. This has become known as the Day of Mourning.
From 1940 - 1955, the Day of Mourning was held annually on the Sunday before Australia Day and was known as Aborigines Day. In 1955 Aborigines Day was shifted to the first Sunday in July. It was more than a protest day, it has become a celebration of Aboriginal culture. It has evolved to be a remembrance for Aboriginal people and their heritage.
In 1991 the committee became known as the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC). And it is now a week-long event. Each year, a theme is chosen to reflect the important issues and events for NAIDOC Week.
The National NAIDOC Week theme for 2017 is "Our Languages Matters". The unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and songs.