Sunday July 8 to July 15 is NAIDOC Week, a national celebration in Australia of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This year, NAIDOC Week honours the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – in shaping Australia’s families, communities, rich history and nation.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women play or have played an active and significant role at the community, local, state and national levels; Women like Pearl Gibbs, Faith Bandler, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Lowitja O’Donoghue – who were and continue to be torchbearers and role models for young people today (NAIDOC 2018).
Take the opportunity to spotlight the stories and achievements of these incredible women and others like them in your learning spaces or sessions. Here is a compilation of resources and activity ideas to help you get started:
Bringing NAIDOC Week into Your Libraries:
1. Display the National NAIDOC Poster around your library
The 2018 poster features the painting “Bigambul woman” by Cheryl Moggs and is available for download from the NAIDOC website.
2. Discuss the theme and meaning of NAIDOC week
3. Run a “Design a NAIDOC Week Poster” competition in your library or community
4. Listen to or learn songs and music by Indigenous musicians
Access video clips, concerts and documentaries featuring Indigenous musicians from remote Australia via the Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) website .
5. Watch a movie about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
6. Research the Indigenous people and their customs
- Australian Aboriginal Peoples – Britannica Library
- Indigenous Australians and the Environment – Britannica Library
7. Study Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, using ideas to create art piece from nature
8. Read a Dreamtime story and ask students and library visitors to use it to create their own story
- Lesson Plan – “Dreamtime Storytelling” by Hoffman, Anne M. Arts & Activities Magazine Jan 2018 – Britannica Library
- Storytelling – Britannica Library
- Australian literature – Aboriginal Narrative: the oral tradition – Britannica Library
9. Create a “Hall of Fame” featuring local or national Indigenous role models
- Faith Bandler – Britannica Library
- Oodgeroo Noonuccal – Britannica Library
- Eddie Mabo – Britannica Library
- Douglas Nicholls – Britannica Library
- Charles Nelson Perkins – Britannica Library
10. Explore local or national Indigenous sites of significance or interest using Britannica’s digital resources
- Uluru Ayers Rock – Britannica Library
- Kakdu National Park – Britannica Library
- Mungo – Britannica Library
11. Invite a local Indigenous Elder to speak or give a Welcome to Country at your library
- Video – Welcome to Country – Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies via Britannica Library
12. Invite an Indigenous sportsperson or artist to visit
13. Invite Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander dancers to perform
14. Learn about the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Flag and its significance
Their achievements, their voice, their unwavering passion give us strength and have empowered past generations and paved the way for generations to come.
These activities and resources have been created using content from Britannica Library, the go-to site for safe, comprehensive research for all ages and other online sources. Find out if your library already has access or set up your own free trial.
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