It’s NAIDOC Week! An annual celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is celebrated not just in First Nations communities, but in all communities across the country. This week is a great opportunity to learn more about, and support, your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme, ‘For Our Elders’, invites everyone to acknowledge, celebrate and pay tribute to the wisdom, determination, leadership and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders.
We look forward to marking NAIDOC Week every year. Here are a few suggestions of ways to celebrate the week and learn more.
Join – NAIDOC Week events
The NAIDOC Week website has an extensive list of events happening all week, all over Australia, both in-person and online. It’s a really special opportunity to participate in celebrations all over the country.
In My Blood It Runs is a documentary by Maya Newell that follows ten-year-old Arrernte boy, Dujuan, as he grows up in Alice Springs. We have run several screenings and discussions of this powerful film with the Market Lane team, and we highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it.
Featuring 30 First Nations artists and collectives, Shadow Spirit is a powerful and fascinating exhibition at Naarm/Melbourne’s Flinders St station ballroom that immerses visitors in a broad range of First Nations experiences and perspectives, from Ancestral knowledge systems to contemporary pop culture.
Beautifully written by Thomas Mayor and illustrated by Blak Douglas, Finding Our Heart explains the Uluru Statement from the Heart to younger Australians. Don’t be fooled by its focus on young readers, though! People of all ages will benefit from reading this book and taking the time to understand the Uluru Statement.
If you’re in Melbourne/Naarm, we highly recommend Yalinguth, an immersive audio experience that takes you through the Gertrude St area of Fitzroy/Ngàrgo – a significant area for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights movement. Learn from the wisdom and stories of First Nations Elders as you walk your own journey.
This NAIDOC Week, the team at fashion label and social enterprise Clothing The Gaps are featuring the Elders of their community on their social media. Follow their Instagram to experience this powerful and inspiring campaign.
Learn – about a wonderful First Nations organisation
Children’s Ground is a bold not-for-profit organisation that is advocating and making change for a brighter future with, and for, First Nations children, families and communities. Children’s Ground works with First Nations communities, taking a family-centred, First Nations-led approach to education.
Market Lane has been lucky to partner with Children’s Ground since 2020. This NAIDOC Week, we will be donating $1 for every bag of coffee purchased in our shops and on our website to Children’s Ground. If you’d like to make a donation directly, you can do so through the Children’s Ground website.