NAIDOC Week 2023 runs from 2 – 9 July.
This year’s theme is: For Our Elders.
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 2023 theme – For Our Elders – recognises that across every generation, Elders have played and continue to play an important role and hold a prominent place in communities and families.
Resources for Girl Guides & Leaders
Work through the Guides Activity Pack
Download and work through the Girl Guides Victoria NAIDOC 2023 Activity Pack.
As NAIDOC Week falls within the winter Guiding and School holidays, you may like to work through this pack during Term 3, or at another time later in the year that suits your Guides.
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.
- NAIDOC Week Educational Resources from naidoc.org.au
- NAIDOC Week Teacher Resources from SBS
- NAIDOC Week Education Resources from ABC
- 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.
- 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.