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
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
The 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.NAIDOC week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Resources and program Ideas for Girl Guides & Leaders
Research the different language groups and countries around where you live/go to Girl Guides.
Use the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies (AIATSIS) Map
to discover more about your local history, and explore the rest of the AIATSIS map to learn more.
Download the NAIDOC Week Poster and Discuss the theme with your Unit
What does Heal Country mean? Explore the NAIDOC website
, learn more and discuss. Download the poster
to use a discussion point with your Guides and discuss what Heal Country means. Perhaps the Guides could design their own poster? There is also a colouring page you can download and print
Cook with Native Ingredients
Bush tomatoes, warrigal greens, wattle seeds, lemon myrtle and saltbush are all amazing indigenous ingredients that can be substituted into so many different dishes for a uniquely Australian twist. Take inspiration from these SBS Food recipes
using indigenous ingredients or search up your own!
Help embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, knowledges and histories in your Girl Guides Unit to Celebrate NAIDOC and Heal Country!
For inspiration take a look at this year’s teacher’s resource
developed by SBS Learn, the National NAIDOC Committee, and the National Indigenous Australians Agency.