It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and
is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
The 2017 theme celebrates the essential role that Indigenous languages play in both cultural identity, linking people to their land and water, and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
Stuart and Michael are members of the local Aboriginal community and visited our school to help us celebrate NAIDOC week. Our ceremony began with a smoking ceremony. The children used their hands to encourage the smoke to come towards them for a blessing. Stuart then explained the importance of song to keep the languages and laws alive through the generations. We heard some songs and saw some traditional dancing through which stories were conveyed.
Please visit the NAIDOC Week link if you would like to learn more about the 2017 celebration.