NAIDOC Week 2018 – Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and communities

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate 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.

All over Western Australia, celebrations and events and activities are taking place for NAIDOC Week – here's a selection of what's on offer.  For more details, follow the links provided.

 

  • South Metropolitan TAFE – Aboriginal artist Biara Martin will be set up at Mandurah TAFE on Monday 9 July and the Thornlie Jobs and Skills Centre on Wednesday 11 July. Stop by and watch this talented artist at work!
  • Goldfields – The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder's NAIDOC Week closing celebration features Yothu Yindi and the Treaty Project performing at the Goldfields Art Centre.
  • Something Deadly Open Mic night – Go along and have your say through song, poetry or spoken word at the City of Fremantle's free Something Deadly Open Mic! event  at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
  • NAIDOC Projections (Albany) – Images and stories created by Noongar youth will be projected onto the Town Hall. The night will also feature music and dance performances.
  • Belmont Family Fun Day – A whole day of music, dance and activities for the whole family... kids welcome! Includes the Deadly Jobs Expo, with career opportunities for Aboriginal people.
  • Kununurra NAIDOC Week – An exciting week of arts,  music, sports and cultural celebrations, with something for everyone. 
  • The Perth Cultural Centre – A whole week of interesting events and activities, including film screenings, concerts, art exhibitions and storytelling.
  • Where's Watch at Perth Zoo –  Follow an interactive trail on an adventure through Perth Zoo to find Waitch (emu) and her animal friends, discovering their Noongar names as you go.
  • Paraburdoo NAIDOC Week – A big week of celebrations including an opening ceremony, Elders lunch, Awards dinner, drive-in movie night and a community cooking day!
  • Cannington Leisureplex – Enjoy a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country, music and arts, dancers and bush tucker tasting, and listen to inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander women tell their personal stories. 
  • City of Karratha – Celebrating NAIDOC Week with a calendar of exciting events for adults and youth, including the very popular annual community concert.

You can find out more about what's happening in your city, town or local area by searching eg "Kalgoorlie NAIDOC" or from the naidoc.org.au website (enter 'WA' in the search box).

 

NAIDOC Week 2018 theme: Because of her, we can!

As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.They are our mothers, our elders, our grandmothers, our aunties, our sisters and our daughters.

As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women fought and continue to fight, for justice, equal rights, our rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art.

These women continue to influence as doctors, lawyers, teachers, electricians, chefs, nurses, architects, rangers, emergency and defence personnel, writers, volunteers, chief executive officers, actors, singer songwriters, journalists, entrepreneurs, media personalities, board members, accountants, academics, sporting icons and Olympians, the list goes on.

Pictured above right is the NAIDOC Week 2018 official poster. Painted by Bigambul woman Cheryl Moggs, a proud descendant of the Bigambul people of Goondiwindi, Bungunya and Toobeah regions in South West Queensland, the painting portrays the 2018 theme, Because of her, we can! – showing the courage and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. 

A self-taught artist, Ms Moggs is influenced by challenging western culture ideologies, mapping culture and place, and constructing identities and connections.

The painting has three sections with image overlays depicting stories. Uniting as one; across the stars (skies), connected to our lands and waterways, keeping our dreaming stories, songlines, language, knowledge and future strong for all First Nations and generations to come.

Find out more about the stories and cultural meanings behind the NAIDOC Week 2018 poster here

Did you know...

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.

Find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week here