Naidoc Week 2016

We thought this post may be helpful for educators asking, ‘When is Naidoc Week this year?’

Our Ninja popped onto their site and discovered a lot information, we are sharing as we thought it might be handy for preparation leading up to it.

From the Naidoc website: 


When is NAIDOC Week in 2017?

NAIDOC Week will be held from 2 to 9 July 2017. NAIDOC Week is usually held from the first to second Sunday in July each year

What is the theme for NAIDOC Week in 2017?

The National NAIDOC Theme for 2017 is – Our Languages Matter

What is NAIDOC Week?

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

What does NAIDOC stand for?

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

What is the history of NAIDOC Week?

Download and print the NAIDOC History Timeline (PDF version).

When will the 2017 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony be held?

The National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday 1 July 2017.

Where will the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony be held in 2017?

The National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony will be held in the 2017 host city of Cairns, Queensland.

How can I get a copy of the 2017 National NAIDOC poster?

Free copies of the 2017 National NAIDOC Poster are available for collection through the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Regional Network offices

Where can I get National NAIDOC promotional products?

To obtain the merchandise you can contact your regional network by calling 1800 079 098 (toll-free) or by visiting to find your local regional network.

Our Languages Matter

The 2017 theme – Our Languages Matter – aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.

Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.

Here are some ideas on how to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

To Top