Each year, NAIDOC Week celebrations highlight the rich and diverse culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Australians. NAIDOC Week celebrations and community events are a great opportunity for all Queenslanders to come together and acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

NAIDOC Week 2016

NAIDOC Week celebrations were held from Sunday 3 July to Sunday 10 July 2016.

This year’s theme was, Songlines - The living narrative of our nation, highlights the significant spiritual and cultural connection to knowledge, customs, ceremony and Lore of many Aboriginal nations and Torres Strait Islander language groups.

‘Songlines’ or ‘Dreaming tracks’ crisscross Australia and trace the journeys of ancestral spirits who 'sung' the land into life. These intricate maps of land, sea and country provided the travel route for people to navigate vast distances detailing significant landmarks, the location of watering holes and presence of food.

Recorded in traditional songs, stories, dance, and paintings, these Songlines have been passed down for thousands of years and are imperative to the preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices.

Celebrating NAIDOC Week

From Family Fun Days to NAIDOC Balls, sporting competitions, community marches and flag raising ceremonies, there were around 100 events held all across Queensland to celebrate NAIDOC Week in 2016.

Ideas for NAIDOC events

NAIDOC 2017 will come around faster than you think! If you want to celebrate NAIDOC with your own event in 2017, here are a few ideas:

  • hold a morning tea and invite local Elders to come and share their stories
  • have a NAIDOC trivia quiz
  • hold a bake sale and contribute funds to a local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisation
  • have a movie lunch/night showing an Indigenous movie
  • have a bush tucker lunch with delicious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander foods



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