National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday) to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. The theme for 2022 is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! The message aims to amplify First Nations voices and narrow the gap between aspiration and reality, good intent and outcome.
How can you support and celebrate NAIDOC Week?
- naidoc.org.au has a range of resources, including educational resources, social media tiles and news articles.
- Download your own copy of the official 2022 poster, designed by Ryhia Dank, a young Gudanji/Wakaja artist from the Northern Territory. She won the prestigious National NAIDOC poster competition for 2022 with her entry, Stronger. You can learn more about Ryhia and her story work here.
- Encourage young children to learn more about First Nations stories, voices, cultures and histories by participating in the StoryBox Library Reading Challenge. Visit the SBL blog to read the First Nations stories, learn more with the short film, play and borrow.
- Visit your local library branch to browse our displays of NAIDOC Week titles. If you prefer to download e-books and e-audiobooks from the comfort of home, BorrowBox has curated a selection of titles for NAIDOC Week and National Reconciliation Week.
- Our digital movie streaming service Kanopy has a range of movies to watch, including David Gulpilil: Walkabout to Hollywood, Crocodile Dreaming, Murundak – Songs of Freedom, The Lore of Love and The Song Keepers.
Events at Myli –
- During NAIDOC Week, our Early Years team will read stories from First Nations authors and illustrators during StoryTime sessions.
- Welcome to Country Lunch – Wednesday 6th July 12pm. We have partnered with Manna Gum Community House for Welcome to Country and stories from Traditional Custodian Susan.
- Great Book Swap – Leongatha Library Thursday 7th July 11.30am. The Leongatha team warmly invites you to The Great Book Swap event! We are excited to be holding a Great Book Swap as part of our NAIDOC Week 2022 celebrations supporting the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
- Uluru Statement from the Heart Info Session with Dr Heather Wearne – Inverloch Library Friday 15th July 2.30pm Dr Heather Wearne will help deepen our understanding of The Uluru Statement and why a First Nations Voice to Parliament is so crucial.
Community events –
- Visit the Baw Baw Shire website for a list of NAIDOC Week events.
- Three Women on Kurnai Country exhibit – West Gippsland Arts Centre
South Gippsland Shire
- NAIDOC Week celebration – Korumburra Botanic Park
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this country. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.