Published on 08 November 2020
NAIDOC week is a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
For 2020, NAIDOC week is being celebrated across the country from 8 November to 15 November.
NAIDOC gives all Australians an opportunity to participate in a range of community activities and to engage with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The NAIDOC theme for 2020 is Always Was, Always Will Be.
Recognising First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are spiritually and culturally connected to this country and were Australia's first explorers, navigators, engineers, farmers, botanists, scientists, diplomats, astronomers and artists.
Australia has the world's oldest oral stories. The First Peoples engraved the world's first maps, made the earliest paintings of ceremony and invented unique technologies. We built and engineered structures - structures on Earth - predating well-known sites such as the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge.
NAIDOC originally stood for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. This committee was responsible for organising activities during NAIDOC week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.
First Nations Peoples' adaptation and intimate knowledge of Country enabled them to endure climate change, catastrophic droughts and rising sea levels.
NAIDOC week 2020 acknowledges and celebrates our nation's story didn't begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or 1606 - with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula.
The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples.
NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations.
It's about seeing, hearing and learning the First Nations'
65,000+ year history of this country - which is Australian history. We want all Australians to celebrate that we have the oldest continuing cultures on the planet and to recognise that our sovereignty was never ceded.
We will present stories from local Aboriginal community members sharing their thoughts on this year's NAIDOC theme, Always Was, Always Will Be.
Follow the links in the Relation Information section of this page to get involved in local NAIDOC activities.
Enjoy this important annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, history and cultures. Happy NAIDOC week!