6th July 2021
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2021 is ‘Heal Country!’
Heal Country! – calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.
DSC would like to acknowledge the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Victoria and pay our respect to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and emerging.
The 2021 National NAIDOC Poster, ‘Care for Country’ was designed by Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas.
Using the 2021 NAIDOC Week theme, Heal Country!, as inspiration, ‘Care for Country’ is a bright and vibrant artwork which explores how Country has cared for and healed First Nations people spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and culturally.
The artwork includes communities, people, animals and bush medicines spread over different landscapes of red dirt, green grass, bush land and coastal areas to tell the story of the many ways Country can and has healed us throughout our lives and journeys.
Find out more about the story behind the 2021 National NAIDOC Poster . You can also download a copy of the NAIDOC week poster to colour in here.
No matter whether you celebrate at home or in community, there are lots of ways you can honour the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The NAIDOC week website has resources for everyone wanting to learn more about the history of National Aboriginal Week, the history of themes since 1972, and the host cities for the NAIDOC Awards ceremonies.
SBS has also produced a NAIDOC Week Teaching Resource for Foundation to Year 10. The Teaching Resource contains concepts relevant to a broad range of learners and topics, and will provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in classrooms beyond the dates of NAIDOC Week. It is available on the SBS Learn NAIDOC Week page. SBS is an Official Education Partner for NAIDOC Week.
To find out more about the history of NAIDOC Week, and how to celebrate NAIDOC Week visit https://www.naidoc.org.au/news/top-20-tips-get-involved-naidoc-week