NAIDOC Week is about celebrating the culture and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognising their contribution to our country across all facets of society.
August marks the start of our Centenary of Anzac commemorations and this year’s NAIDOC Week theme is Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond.
This year all Australians are encouraged to give special recognition to the at least 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who served in defence of our country during the First World War. Many faced poor treatment after the war and their sacrifices have never been properly acknowledged.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from NSW have fought in every major ADF operation from the First World War through to modern conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee and is the successor to a group which was established to oversee National Aborigines Day up until the 1990s.
Information about local events and initiative is available at the NAIDOC and Aboriginal Affairs NSW websites: http://www.naidoc.org.au/ and http://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/