Sunday 3rd July 2016 marks the beginning of NAIDOC Week, an annual nationwide celebration of the “history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples” (NAIDOC Week website).
This week is a great opportunity to learn more about and show your support for the indigenous peoples of Australia, as there will be plenty of local and national events happening that you can participate in. The NAIDOC Week theme for 2016 is “Songlines: The living narrative of our nation.”
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Dreamtime describes a time when the earth, people and animals were created by our ancestral spiritual beings. They created the rivers, lakes, plants, land formations and living creatures.
Dreaming tracks crisscross Australia and trace the journeys of our ancestral spirits as they created the land, animals and lores. These dreaming tracks are sometimes called ‘Songlines’ as they record the travels of these ancestral spirits who ‘sung’ the land into life.
These Songlines are recorded in traditional songs, stories, dance and art. They carry significant spiritual and cultural connection to knowledge, customs, ceremony and Lore of many Aboriginal nations and Torres Strait Islander language groups…
…We invite all Australians to learn more about Songlines and explore those which have created the Country in your region. Learn how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are today using digital technologies and modern mediums to record and celebrate these ancient Songlines or dreaming stories.
Through learning more about Songlines and how they connect people to Country and the Country to people – we celebrate the rich history and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures – the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.
NAIDOC Week has a dedicated website, www.naidoc.org.au, which is a great resource for information about the history of NAIDOC Week, and the activities planned for this year. Head to their Events Calendar to find activities near you.
Reconciliation WA is also very helpful in providing information related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and events. For local NAIDOC Week events near you, head to their website,
As part of NAIDOC Week, the City of Fremantle will be launching a brand new app called “Trakka” on 4th July, at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre (WACC).
The app has been developed by Indigenous Consulting Group in collaboration with the City of Fremantle, and will be a useful tool for people wanting to connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural events, significant dates and places, and related services.
For more information about this fantastic new resource, read the media release from the City of Fremantle: here.
Source: NAIDOC Week | NAIDOC