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NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate the history, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

It’s held each year during the first week of July. This year, however, it’s been postponed until November due to the Covid-19. It’s an important annual event where everyone’s invited to join in the celebrations.

Here’s how you can get involved:

This year’s NAIDOC theme – Always Was, Always Will Be. – recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

It acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists. It acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story began millennia before documented European contact.

NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace and acknowledge the true history of this country.

You can learn more about the 2020 theme here.

NAIDOC Week in the classroom

Schools play an important role in celebrating NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content into your teaching.

We have curriculum resources to help teachers embed Indigenous perspectives in the classroom. You can access our free curriculum resources here.

NAIDOC Week 2020 curriculum resource for Primary Years F–6

Download Teacher Guide
How culture shapes our identity card image

We’d like to acknowledge and thank Yellaka, the group featured in this video. Yellaka is the blend of ancient traditional and contemporary Aboriginal dance, song and storytelling.