Celebrate NAIDOC Week with Britannica School

June 8, 2018

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 modules. Here is a compilation of resources and activity ideas to help you get started:

Bringing NAIDOC Week into Your Classrooms and Libraries:

1. Display the National NAIDOC Poster around your classroom or library

The 2018 poster features the painting “Bigambul woman” by Cheryl Moggs and is available for download from the NAIDOC website.

2. Discuss with students the theme and meaning of NAIDOC week

3. Run a “Design a NAIDOC Week Poster” competition in your school 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 .

Barra West Wind - Wurrumba- great white shark of Galpu Clan from north east arnhemland
ICTV Music Video: Wurrumba – Great White Shark by Bärra West Wind, of Galpu Clan from North East Arnhem Land 2017

5. Watch a movie about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history

6. Research the Indigenous people and their customs

7. Study Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, using ideas to create your own art piece from nature

8. Read a Dreamtime story and ask your students to use it to create their own story

9. Create a “Hall of Fame” featuring local or national Indigenous role models

10. Explore local or national Indigenous sites of significance or interest using Britannica’s digital resources

11. Invite a local Indigenous Elder to speak or give a Welcome to Country at your school

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.

Excerpt taken from NAIDOC website

2018 National NAIDOC logo
2018 National NAIDOC logo

NAIDOC 2018, “2018 Theme – Under the theme – Because of Her, We Can!“, viewed 12 June 2018.

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