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 2017

This year NAIDOC Week celebrations were held from Sunday 2 July to Sunday 9 July 2017.

This year’s 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. This year’s theme plays a valuable role in the importance of maintaining and reviving language so it is not lost.

Find out more at the NAIDOC website.

Ideas for NAIDOC events

NAIDOC always comes around faster than you think so it's never too early to start planning. 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. 

Kids activity pack

The aim of the week is to celebrate and promote a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture.

This activity pack has been designed as a fun resource for organising NAIDOC Week events. It contains general information about event organisation ideas for a range of activities, and fun kids activities.

Download and print the Activity Pack (PDF, 2.6 MB)

The following resources have been created for organising NAIDOC Week events:

Note: should you experience any issues with downloading these materials, please email communications@datsip.qld.gov.au

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