Are you ready
for the 2018 NAIDOC Week celebrations? Running from the 8-15th of
July, this year’s theme ‘Because of Her, We Can’ commemorates the significant
role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to
play – at community, local, state and national levels.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia to
remember the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous
communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great
opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Celebrations will focus on the leaders, trailblazers, politicians,
activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
women who fought and continue to fight, for justice, equal rights, rights to
country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain
and celebrate culture, language, music and art.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have marched,
protested and spoken at demonstrations and national gatherings for the proper
recognition of rights, while calling for national reform and justice.
These women were heavily involved in the campaign for the 1967
Referendum and also put up their hands to represent their people at the
establishment of national advocacy and representative bodies from the National
Aboriginal Congress (NAC) to ATSIC to Land Councils and onto the National
Congress for Australia’s First Peoples.
They often did so while caring for families, maintaining homes and
breaking down cultural and institutionalised barriers and gender stereotypes.
These women did so because they demanded a better life, greater opportunities
and - in many cases equal rights - for their children, families and people.
The achievements, voice and unwavering passion of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander women has provided strength and empowered past
generations, while paving the way for generations to come.
During NAIDOC Week take the time to think about these women and
celebrate them and their amazing stories and achievements.
Because of her, we can!
Wherever you live, you can take part in NAIDOC Week celebrations. Find out about NAIDOC Week activities in your area here.