NAIDOC Week 2021

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The department has an ongoing commitment towards reconciliation and acknowledges the significant contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have made and continue to make to NSW and the nation.

NAIDOC Week is a time when the department celebrates and proudly supports First Nation Peoples and their culture by showcasing the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to education and the wider community.

Across Australia, NAIDOC week is celebrated by Australians from all walk of life, who take part in activities and events in celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The department joins fellow Australians in July of every year to celebrate the week.

The department has had the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate NAIDOC 2021 with our public schools during Week 10, Term 2. We celebrate NAIDOC Week at this time because it's when schools are open and operational. And we exist for schools, to support schools.

NAIDOC Week 2021 Overview

We thank the Aboriginal Outcomes and Partnerships Directorate for coordinating these events and for all those within our public schools who participated.

On Monday, we released a video of more than 20 public schools in Sydney, central NSW and mid-north coast, joining in partnership with LandCare Australia to plant native trees on Darug, Wiradjuri and Gumbaynggir Country.

On Tuesday, we livestreamed the official launch, which included; a smoking ceremony held at the Parramatta state office, welcome to Country from Colleen Mitchell and musical performances by Ziggy Ramo and Newtown High School of Performing Arts. You can now view the launch event on demand.

On Wednesday, students from around NSW submitted questions to Uncle Bruce Pascoe about his books, Young Dark Emu (for primary schools) and Dark Emu (for secondary schools). He also shared insights about what healing Country means to him.

On Thursday, we released ‘Without Truth Telling, there can be no healing’ with Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation. We invite you to share in this intergenerational storytelling and learn about what you can do as listeners of this truth telling and knowledge keepers of the future.

On Friday, we released the School Singalong with Christine Anu. Together, we celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage by singing ‘My Island Home’ and ‘Taba Naba’ with schools across the state.

Other ways to engage and celebrate

The websites and social media of local governments and local land councils are good places to look for information on Covid-safe events.

Our resources page has lots of ideas on celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

You can download and display the NAIDOC Week 2021 Zoom Background.

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