NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. It has its origins amongst the emergence of aboriginal groups in the 1920’s and 30’s and in particular, with Indigenous Christian leaders such as William Cooper (who lived in Footscray at the time). A number of church groups were also involved in supporting the further development of NAIDOC in the 1950’s as well as Aboriginal Sunday, the second Sunday in July.
Activities take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week in the first full week of July. All Australians are welcome to participate. To see what's on in your area visit the NAIDOC website or check your local council’s website.
If you happen to live in William Cooper’s old area (Maribyrnong) make it along to the Footscray Community Arts Centre on July 3rd at 6pm for the official opening of local NAIDOC week celebrations including a fantastic exhibition featuring many of the members of the Melbourne Indigenous Church Fellowship