NAIDOC Week 2022

NAIDOC Week is from 3 – 10 July 2022. The NAIDOC 2021 theme is: Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!


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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 2022 theme – Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! –¬†encourages all of us to champion institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative reforms, while celebrating those who have already driven and led change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over generations.

Are you a talented Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artist?

If you are aged 13 years and over the National NAIDOC Committee invites you to submit your artwork for the 2022 National NAIDOC Poster Competition! The winning artist will receive a $10,000 cash price (tax free) and their artwork will be used as the official 2022 National NAIDOC Week Poster. Additionally, they will receive a ticket for themselves and one guest to the National NAIDOC Awards ceremony, which is in Melbourne this year!

In previous years, the winning artwork has been used to wrap public transport, used as the backdrop for a current affairs program, and was even on display at Expo 2020 in Dubai!

You can submit your poster by visiting the NAIDOC website here and filling out the online form. Entries for the poster competition close 14 March 2022 at 11:59PM (AEDT).

Resources for Girl Guides & Leaders

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.

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.

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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