NAIDOC Week is one of the most important cultural events in the year for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – and for all Australians.
It is a celebration of the contribution made by Aboriginal people to our national identity.
It is a time that we can reflect on the achievements of our Aboriginal friends and colleagues and explore ways we can work together to help build a better future.
The acronym NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which was established in 1957 to promote the achievements and contribution of Aboriginal people.
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on. It reminds us of the struggles of the past and the need to learn from those experiences.
The Aboriginal Tent Embassy, on the lawns of Old Parliament House in Canberra, first flew the Aboriginal flag in 1972 and it quickly became a symbol of Aboriginal unity and identity.
I hope the flag will fly proudly from schools, TAFE institutes and workplaces in the lead-up to NAIDOC Week. I encourage all staff and students to mark the week with a celebration or activity – through art, music, writing, films or storytelling by Elders.
Dr Michele Bruniges AM
Director-General of Education and Communities
Managing Director of TAFE NSW