15 Ways to Celebrate NAIDOC Week

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  1. Download our NAIDOC 2023 curriculum-aligned resource, which invites you to think, reflect and yarn about the importance of our Elders and what the NAIDOC theme means.
  2. Think about this year’s NAIDOC Week theme: ‘For Our Elders’. Who are you connected to? Who are your Elders?
  3. Hear what Aunty Rhonda Radley had to say on the 2023 theme.
  4. Read a poem by a First Nations poet. Our digital library is a great place to start!
  5. Keep an eye out on our socials throughout NAIDOC week. We’ll be posting snippets from our 2023 NAIDOC resource every day.
  6. Read and watch these three poems: ‘Ngapigan (Grandmother)’ by Aunty Anjilkurri Rhonda Radley, ‘Ningimpi Nungampi Paywuta Manta’ by Aunty Theresa Sainty, and ‘Our Responsibility’ Aunty Kerry Bulloojeeno Archibald Moran.
  7. Take a moment to look over this artwork by Uncle Steve Russell.
  8. What about your Country? Where are you connected to? Which places? Why? Think about what you can do to look after the places where you’re connected.
  9. Visit AIATSIS to take a look at a map of Indigenous Australia.
  10. First Nations people believe that Country is our family. Country is our mother - our Elder and everything born of her, our kin. Think about what you love about Country? Reflect on how you are connected to Country, how Country is your family.
  11. Write an Acknowledgement of Country thinking about your connection to Country.
  12. Explore sky country. Sit under the stars and have a campfire. First Nations people believe that the stars are campfires – the place where our loved ones go after leaving the earth. The stars are also a map of Country and guide us on our journey. What map can you see in the stars?
  13. Head along to a NAIDOC week event in your state or territory.
  14. Connect with nature by going for a walk in a park, Botanic Garden, the beach. Take your shoes off and feel the earth between your toes.
  15. Finally, read Kirli Saunders’ tips on working respectfully with your local Aboriginal communities (on page 33 of the Learning Resource).