NAIDOC Week

This week is NAIDOC* week!

This got me thinking about ways Aboriginal culture, history and contribution could be celebrated in the classroom in recognition of NAIDOC week. It exists to celebrate the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Having evolved as a boycott of Australia Day, it stands today as a a celebration of culture, and one which I think is very important to recognise in schools. Unfortunately it tends to fall during the school holidays, but it can still be celebrated in advance or following the holidays, and should be showcased in newsletters and communication to parents, especially with the City of Sydney and Destination NSW running public celebrations and events.

Here are some ideas from the NAIDOC website on how to celebrate NAIDOC Week in schools:

  • Invite local Indigenous Elders to speak or give a Welcome to Country at your school or workplace.
  • Start your own hall of fame featuring Indigenous role models.
  • Display the National NAIDOC Poster or other Indigenous posters around your classroom or workplace.
  • Research the traditional Indigenous owners of your area.
  • Listen to Indigenous musicians or watch a movie about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.
  • Make your own Indigenous trivia quiz.
  • Study a famous Indigenous Australian.
  • Study Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts.
  • Create your own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander art.
  • Run an art competition for your school or community.
  • Research Indigenous history online or visit you library to find books about Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples.
  • Visit local Indigenous sites of significance or interest.
  • Learn the meanings of local or national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander place names and words.
  • Invite an Indigenous sportsperson or artist to visit you.
  • Invite Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander dancers to perform.
  • Host a community BBQ or luncheon.
  • Hold a flag raising ceremony.
  • Organise a smoking ceremony.

*NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.

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