NAIDOC Week 2021

NAIDOC Week is from 4 – 11 July 2021. The NAIDOC 2021 theme is: Heal Country!

What is NAIDOC Week?

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. For more information, visit the NAIDOC website.

The 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

The 2021 National NAIDOC Poster, ‘Care for Country’ was designed by Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas.

Using the 2021 NAIDOC Week theme, Heal Country!, as inspiration; ‘Care for Country’ is a bright and vibrant artwork which explores how Country has cared for and healed First Nations people spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and culturally. Find out more about the 2021 National NAIDOC Poster.

The 2021 National NAIDOC Poster is available for download to help you celebrate NAIDOC Week. Printed copies of the 2021 National NAIDOC Poster will be available through the National Indigenous Australians Agency’s regional network and Woolworths outlets from 29 June 2021. These copies are available for free while stock lasts.

Resources for Girl Guides & Leaders

Download GGV’s new Acknowledgement of Country!

Adapt the below activities to suit your Girl Guide Unit – the age of your Girl Guides and whether you are completing activities at home during the holidays or with your Girl Guide Unit.

Display copies of the NAIDOC poster or encourage every Girl Guide to collect one from Woolworths and discuss at your Unit Meeting during NAIDOC Week.

You could: discuss the theme, discuss the poster, draw your own posters for the theme, or explore the NAIDOC website. You may like to check out the history of NAIDOC and previous themes and posters.

Like colouring in? Download and print this colouring page.

Attend a local NAIDOC activity.

Find out through your local Council office, or on the NAIDOC website what is planned for the week, and choose a suitable one to participate in.

Participate in the ABC’s Indigenous Language Art Competition.

Do you or your Unit know the name of the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language of their local area? Find out with this fun, creative competition the ABC is running with First Languages Australia.

Engage with Indigenous storytelling by watching the ABC.

  • Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra,  Tuesday 6 July 8.30pm
  • My Name is Gulpilil, Sunday 11 July 8.30pm
  • Dubboo: Life of a Songman, Wednesday 7 July 9.00pm (on ABC TV Plus)

ABC iview’s NAIDOC Week collection will also feature the world premieres of children’s programs Red Dirt Riders and Tjitji Lullaby, alongside outstanding Indigenous-led content such as The Australian Dream, FREEMAN, Mabo, Mystery Road, Total Control, Redfern Now and performances by Bangarra Dance Theatre.

More information about NAIDOC Week from the ABC.

Research the different language groups around Australia and find out what First Nations Country you live in.

Use the Maggolee website developed by Reconciliation Victoria to help you. It contains: information about each of the 79 Victorian local government areas; details on policy and programs; protocols and cultural awareness; traditional owner groups; and local Aboriginal organisations, Aboriginal languages, key local contacts, news, and events.

Play some traditional games with your Girl Guide Unit.

For information about games – their name, where played, plus a link to booklet on how to play – visit this website.

More ideas for celebrating NAIDOC Week:

  • Start your own hall of fame featuring Indigenous role models.
  • Listen to Indigenous musicians or watch a movie about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.
  • Make your own Indigenous trivia quiz.
  • Study a famous Indigenous Australian.
  • Study Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts.
  • Work with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to produce an artwork representing the theme.
  • Run an art competition for your school or community.
  • Research Indigenous history online or visit you library to find books about Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples.
  • Visit local Indigenous sites of significance or interest.
  • Learn the meanings of local or national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander place names and words.
  • Invite local Indigenous Elders to speak or give a Welcome to Country at your school or workplace.
  • Invite an Indigenous sportsperson or artist to visit you.
  • Invite Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander dancers to perform.
  • Host a community BBQ or luncheon.
  • Hold a flag raising ceremony.
  • Organise a smoking ceremony.

More resources:

Helpful websites:

  • Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education – free to access and provides practical ways to introduce meaningful reconciliation initiatives in the classroom, around the school and with the community.
  • Deadly Questions – This is your opportunity to learn about Victoria’s Aboriginal people, including their history, culture, connection to place, and hopes for the future. It’s anonymous, so don’t be afraid! Ask any question on-line and it will be answered.
  • Read Girl Guides Victoria’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • More Reconciliation Resources are on the GGV website here, including the syllabus for the special Reconciliation Badge!

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