Happy NAIDOC WEEK!
NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is “Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!” It commemorates the way that First Nations people have been seeking justice, advocating for their communities and seeking positive change throughout the years since the start of colonisation. “Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!” is also a call to continue fighting for justice and equality for First Nations people. It challenges both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to be proactive and vocal in seeking to address the inequalities and injustices that First Nations people experience in Australia. You can read more about NAIDOC Week and this year’s theme here.
At SAGE Community Services, we are grateful to the Darug people who we acknowledge as the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work. For thousands of years, Darug people have been caring for country here – so we pay our respects to their elders: past, present and emerging.
During NAIDOC Week, our team will spend time together sharing stories of First Nations people who have impacted us, and celebrating our experiences of First Nations culture. We’ll also continue to seek to find new ideas and ways to connect with and learn from First Nations people, so that we can “Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!” better.
How could you and your family celebrate our First Nations people, and “Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!” this NAIDOC Week?
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Invite an Aboriginal friend or neighbour to visit you
- Listen to music by Indigenous musicians – for example, Emily Wurramara, Baker Boy, Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach, Yothu Yindi, Tiddas, Gurrumul, Warumpi Band, Christine Anu
- Watch a movie made by or featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – for example, Storm Boy, Rabbit Proof Fence, Bran Nue Dae, The Sapphires, Mabo (Please note: Some of these are not suitable for young children – check the rating and content carefully before viewing!)
- Read a book together about Aboriginal people or culture, or by an Aboriginal author. For example, borrow one of the following children’s books through Cumberland or Parramatta libraries: Welcome to Country, When We Go Walkabout, Colour Me, Shapes of Australia, Respect (by Muir & Lawson), My Culture and Me, What’s Your Story?, Two Mates, Tom Tom, Baby Business, Boomerang and Bat, Mum’s Elephant, Little Bird’s Day, Saved!!!
- Learn the stories of some famous Indigenous Australians – for example, search online for information about Bennelong, Truganini, William Cooper, David Unaipon, Pearl Gibbs, Sir Douglas Nicholls, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Charlie Perkins, Eddie Koiki Mabo
- Find out the meanings of the Aboriginal names of some of our suburbs – for example, Parramatta, Toongabbie, Girraween, Pemulwuy, Berala, Yennora, Colebee, Dharruk and Marayong
- Do some art and craft activities inspired by Indigenous culture – for example, you can find some activities here https://aboriginalchildrensday.com.au/activities/
- Visit a place that has significance for Aboriginal people or provides an opportunity to learn more about Indigenous history – for example, the following webpages list some local places of interest:
- > Cumberland area https://www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/aboriginal-heritage-cumberland
- > Parramatta area https://www.discoverparramatta.com/history-heritage/six-indigenous-experiences-in-parramatta
- Attend a local NAIDOC Week event – for example, here are links to events being run by local councils:
- > Cumberland Council https://www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/naidoc-week-cumberland-2022
- > Parramatta Council https://atparramatta.com/warami
- Advocate for change by writing to your local member of Parliament, or signing a petition seeking justice and equality for First Nations people
We invite you to share your ideas and experiences with us on our Facebook page, as we “Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!” together!