For everyone Showing solidarity in NAIDOC Week

  • 5 Jul 2024

NAIDOC Week celebrates and recognises the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s theme ‘Keep the fire burning! Blak, loud and proud’ celebrates the unyielding spirit of Indigenous communities and invites us to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have long been silenced.

The theme calls for a reclamation of narratives, an amplification of voices, and an unwavering commitment to justice and equality.

NAIDOC Week (7-14 July) provides an opportunity for non-Aboriginal people to listen and learn ways to engage respectfully and meaningfully, through the many events taking place throughout the week.


NAIDOC WEEK EVENTS

The Victoria NAIDOC Committee is a First Nations volunteer committee holding events during NAIDOC week in Melbourne, including a flag-raising ceremony at Federation Square at 8.30am on Monday 8 July and a Community March on Friday 12 July commencing at 10am at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in Fitzroy, with the march leaving at 12pm.

We would love to see AEU members at these events. Look out for the AEU flags and join us there!


YOOROOK JUSTICE COMMISSION

We encourage members to view AEU First Nations officer Alinta Williams giving evidence at the Yoorrook Justice Commission (starting at 4.05:30 through to 5.20:00 in the online video).

You can find the AEU’s written submission to the Yoorrook Justice Commission here.


NAIDOC WEEK 2024 educational resources

Keep the Fire Burning

Common Ground is a First Nations not-for-profit and collective of First Nations people who work to bring together and share First Nations knowledge, cultures and stories through content and education resources.

To celebrate NAIDOC, Common Ground and Learning to Ngangaanha have created an educational resource called ‘Keep the Fire Burning’ and social media campaign that you can follow on Instagram.

The resource is designed to be used during NAIDOC Week over five days, but can be used at any time of the year given NAIDOC Week coincides with school holidays in Victoria.

There are also a range of storytelling articles and videos available on the website that we encourage members to explore.

National NAIDOC Committee

The National NAIDOC Committee selected this year’s theme to celebrate not only the survival but also the relentless spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The theme also celebrates the enduring strength of First Nations culture and offers teachers a chance to explore various topics, perspectives and experiences with students.

Aboriginal educators at Culture is Life have purposely selected stories and activities that reflect this year’s theme and the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Education resources: Foundation to Year 10
Download the PDF for digital (19 Mb)
Download the PDF for print (20 Mb)



Acknowledgements
We acknowledge the writers of the Culture is Life resource, Thara Brown (Yorta Yorta), Aunty Stephanie Armstrong OAM (Gamilaraay/Bigambul), Jasmine Miller (Wirangu/Kokatha) and Arkeria Armstrong (Gamilaraay/Bigambul), as well as the team at Culture is Life including CEO Belinda Duarte (Wotjobaluk/Dja Dja Wurrung), Madeline Wells (Palawa/Koori), Alex Shain and designer Sofii McKenzie-Kirkbright (Koori) for their valued contribution.

NAIDOC Poster art created by Deb Belyea (Samuawgadhalgal), Torres Strait.


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