Celebrating First Nations people – NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of First Nations people.  

First Nations people have greatly enriched the cultural, social, and environmental landscape in Australia. For more than 60,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have been custodians of the land, developing sophisticated knowledge systems and sustainable practices that have preserved Australia’s unique biodiversity. First Nations’ innovative approaches to land management are a testament to their deep understanding of the environment and have influenced contemporary land management practices. 

Their rich cultural heritage, expressed through art, music, dance, and storytelling, forms an integral part of our national identity.   

Additionally, First Nations people have been at the forefront of advocating for human rights, social justice, and equality. 

As we celebrate NAIDOC Week, we honour the significant contributions and acknowledge the invaluable role of First Nations people in shaping a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive Australia. 

This year’s theme is “Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud “. It celebrates the unyielding spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and invites all to support and amplify the voices that have long been silenced. 

According to the NAIDOC Week website: “The fire represents the enduring strength and vitality of Indigenous cultures, passed down through generations despite the challenges faced. It is a symbol of connection to the land, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As we honour this flame, we kindle the sparks of pride and unity, igniting a renewed commitment to acknowledging, preserving, and sharing the cultural heritage that enriches our nation. 

“Blak, Loud and Proud” encapsulates the unapologetic celebration of Indigenous identity and rich heritage. This theme calls for a reclamation of narratives, an amplification of voices, and an unwavering commitment to justice and equality. It invites all Australians to listen, learn, and engage in meaningful dialogue, fostering a society where the wisdom and contributions of Indigenous peoples are fully valued and respected.” 

Reconciliation – an ongoing journey


Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that extends beyond designated events like National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week. Our commitment to Indigenous allyship must be embedded in our daily practices and interactions. We strive to build respect, foster relationships, and create opportunities that support the wellbeing and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including those with disabilities. By amplifying their voices and stories, we aim to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all. 

How You Can Get Involved 


We encourage you to participate in NAIDOC Week events to deepen your understanding and appreciation of First Nations cultures. Here are some ways you can honour the legacy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and support the continued journey towards reconciliation: 

Explore the NAIDOC Week website to learn more about the significance of the week, its theme, and to watch an informative video. 

Attend local events celebrating NAIDOC Week. Find events near you here. 

NAIDOC Week events around Sydney 

NAIDOC Week at Darling Harbour

NAIDOC Week at The Rocks 


NAIDOC Week at the Australian Museum  

The National Indigenous Art Fair

NAIDOC Week around Australia  

The Indigenous Round, Football NSW

Central Coast NAIDOC Community Day