NAIDOC Week, 3-10 July 2022

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National NAIDOC Week runs from 3 – 10 July 2022. it is an annual week-long celebration of the traditional land-owners (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) and an acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.

Celebrating NAIDOC week is a great opportunity to embed cultural competence within our Centres.

We bring this to life in our Guardian Centres in a variety of ways including:

  • Research and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander role models
  • Listen to Indigenous music within the Centre – teaching the songs to children
  • Research Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and invite local artists to visit
  • Work with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to produce an artwork for the Centre
  • Visit local sites of cultural significance e.g. go on a Bush Tucker walk
  • Learn the meanings of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander place names and words and include these within the Centre

There is a number of great questions we, and families, can ask children to guide their thinking and learning this week:

  • What does ‘being Australian” mean?
  • How do people look after the land?
  • What is special about our land? How does being nature make you feel?
  • How can we celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at home?

There are some great resources and information here:

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