As stated on the official NAIDOC website:
NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginies 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 Indigenous Australians. NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.
They encourage Australians to participate in NAIDOC Week so I thought it would be appropriate for me (who’s trying to become Aussie) and my Aussie husband to participate by attending one of the events happening at the Opera House. National Indigenous Television (NITV) was hosting a series of conversations with famous Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander heroes and personalities so I signed us up for the session on Saturday night which featured the musically talented Lou Bennett and Olympian Kyle Vander Kuyp. We had the privilege of hearing their life stories–the struggles they’ve had to face, the challenges they’ve overcome, the people who encouraged them to chase their dreams, their greatest achievements, and how they continue pursuing their passions and giving back to their communities.
It was brilliant. I think the only disappointing thing about it was the fact that there was only a handful of people in attendance. My hubby and I made up about 20% of the crowd that night. I wish I was exaggerating but that’s the truth. Is poor marketing to blame or are people here really not interested in learning more about their own culture? I won’t even begin to try answering that question, but I will say that from now on, this American expat plans to celebrate NAIDOC Week as part of her journey to becoming Aussie.