NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July (2-9th July 2017) to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. All Australians are encouraged to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week.
Our Languages Matter
Around 250 Indigenous language groups covered the continent in the late eighteenth century. Approximately, only around 120 of those languages are still spoken today and some of these are at risk of being lost. These languages express knowledge about everything within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture including law, geography, history, philosophy, religion and caring for country to name a few.
Our Languages Matter aims to celebrate the essential role that Indigenous languages play in linking people to their land, animals, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
Project Habitat Competition
To celebrate NAIDOC 2017, primary schools in NSW have been invited to encourage their students to participate in Project Habitat’s NAIDOC competition. Students are asked to design their own banner, based on what the 2017 NAIDOC theme means to them. There will be three entry categories, Kindergarten – Year 2, Years 3-4 and Years 5-6.
The winners from each category will have their artwork made into banners and displayed around Taronga Zoo and Taronga Western Plains Zoo. About 10 of each winner’s banners will be produced. The winners and their families will also be invited to Taronga Zoo or Taronga Western Plains Zoo to see their banners displayed in grounds.
The winning designers and their class will also receive an Animals of the Dreaming Zoomobile visit to their school, compliments of Boeing Australia. If the school is in a remote location, where Zoomobile is unable to visit, they will receive an Animals of the Dreaming Video Conference.