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Home > News > 2018 > July > NAIDOC Week: Because of her, we can!

NAIDOC Week: Because of her, we can!

Naidoc_poster_facebook_banner.jpgThe 2018 NAIDOC Week (8-15 July) theme Because of her, we can! celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made — and continue to make — at community, local, state and national levels.

With the week falling in the school holidays – schools are celebrating in the first week of Term 3 (16 July-20 July).

IEUA-QNT Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group member Thersa Nunn said the week was a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities to celebrate and support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

“Women’s voices are very important as we are vital leaders in the community.

“Furthermore, for some, our mothers were our main role models.

“It has been their voices that have kept important messages in our community alive — by passing them down through generations,” Ms Nunn said.

Teacher resources

Teachers can access resources through the NAIDOC Week website that provide ideas that relate directly to addressing the Australian Curriculum: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture cross-curriculum priority.

These resources include focus questions and activities that help to promote understanding and celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture among students.

This content can be used across multiple learning areas and stages/grades.

The NAIDOC week poster can also be downloaded from the NAIDOC Week website.

Hold an event

Members are encouraged to hold events to celebrate NAIDOC Week in their Chapters.

Ideas for celebrating NAIDOC Week include:

  • Display the National NAIDOC Poster or other Indigenous posters around your classroom or workplace.
  • Start your own hall of fame featuring Indigenous role models.
  • Listen to Indigenous musicians or watch a movie about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.
  • Make your own Indigenous trivia quiz.
  • Study a famous Indigenous Australian.
  • Research the traditional Indigenous owners of your area.
  • Study Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts.
  • Create your own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander art.
  • Run an art competition for your school or community.
  • Research Indigenous history online or visit you library to find books about Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples.
  • Visit local Indigenous sites of significance or interest.
  • Learn the meanings of local or national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander place names and words.
  • Invite local Indigenous Elders to speak or give a Welcome to Country at your school or workplace.
  • Invite an Indigenous sportsperson or artist to visit you.
  • Invite Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander dancers to perform.
  • Host a community BBQ or luncheon.
  • Hold a flag raising ceremony.
  • Organise a smoking ceremony.

For more information and to access all resources visit www.naidoc.org.au

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.