NAIDOC Week: Honoring Indigenous Cultures and Achievements

NAIDOC Week, observed from July 2nd to July 9th, 2023, celebrates the history, cultures, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. At Western Sydney Recovery College, we recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders always have and always will be this land’s traditional owners. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and acknowledge their deep connection with this land.

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to come together, learn, and respect the traditional custodians of the land. Engaging in their history and stories deepens our understanding of their contributions to Australian society. Participating in cultural events and exhibitions allows us to embrace the vibrancy and artistic traditions of Indigenous communities. Supporting Indigenous businesses and artists economically empowers them, preserving their art forms and skills. NAIDOC Week promotes reconciliation and cultural understanding.

Reflecting on the impact of the Stolen Generations and supporting healing and reconciliation efforts contribute to a more inclusive society. Building meaningful relationships with Indigenous individuals and communities strengthens bonds and promotes mutual respect and collaboration. Celebrating the achievements of Indigenous leaders, artists, and activists challenges stereotypes and provides positive role models. Their successes foster pride and empowerment within Indigenous communities.

NAIDOC Week also offers educational opportunities. Consider engaging in workshops and discussions about Indigenous cultures and histories to deepen your understanding, and sharing this knowledge beyond NAIDOC Week to promote awareness and inclusivity.

Here are some events in the Western Sydney area to get involved with during NAIDOC week:

Elders in Residence | Art and Yarn: Every Friday, June 9, 2023 – 10:30 to September 1, 2023 to 12:30

Penrith NAIDOC 2023: Sunday, July 2, 2023 – 09:00 to Sunday, July 9, 2023 – 18:00

An inside look at an Aboriginal enterprise: Northern Australia Aboriginal Kakadu Plum Alliance: Monday, June 26, 2023 – 15:30 to Friday, July 7, 2023 – 11:30

Yenu Allowah – Morning tea and activities: Wednesday, July 5, 2023 – 10:00 to 15:00

NAIDOC Family Fun Day: Tuesday, July 4, 2023 – 11:00 to 15:00

NAIDOC River Walk/Run: Thursday, July 6, 2023 – 09:30 to 14:00

Aunty Rita Wright – painting launch: Friday, July 7, 2023 – 10:30 to 12:00

Burramatta NAIDOC: Saturday, July 8, 2023 – 10:00 to 16:00

PENRITH NAIDOC 2023: Sharing Knowledge, Sharing Culture Twilight Markets: Friday, July 14, 2023 – 15:00 to 19:00

For Our Elders: Honouring Our Elders Exhibition: Sunday, July 2, 2023 – 13:00 to Sunday, July 9, 2023 – 16:00

Virtual excursions available for students across Australia: Monday, July 3, 2023 (All day) to Monday, July 31, 2023 (All day)

Visit the NAIDOC website to find more events near you.

Let us use NAIDOC Week to honor and celebrate the unique cultures, histories, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Through cultural learning, supporting Indigenous businesses, fostering relationships, and promoting reconciliation, we contribute to a respectful and diverse society. Together, we build a future that values the wisdom and resilience of Indigenous communities.