NAIDOC Week 8-15 November 2020

20 October 2020

The National NAIDOC Committee has made the decision to cancel the 2020 National NAIDOC Awards ceremony, due to the changing and widespread impacts of COVID-19 and the uncertainty of travel restrictions, quarantining, and physical distancing requirements.

NAIDOC Week celebrations will continue as planned from 8-15 November.

Celebrating NAIDOC Week

People are encouraged to still acknowledge achievers and celebrate excellence through local and regional NAIDOC Awards. NAIDOC Week is celebrated by local community events taking place across Australia.

Search for an event where you can share in the celebrations.

Here are some ideas on how you or your school could celebrate NAIDOC Week:

  • Display the National NAIDOC Poster or other Indigenous posters around your classroom or workplace.
  • Start your own hall of fame featuring Indigenous role models.
  • Listen to Indigenous musicians or watch a movie about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.
  • Make your own Indigenous trivia quiz.
  • Study a famous Indigenous Australian.
  • Research the traditional Indigenous owners of your area.
  • Study Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts.
  • Work with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to produce an artwork representing the theme.
  • Run an art competition for your school or community.
  • Research Indigenous history online or visit you library to find books about Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples.
  • Visit local Indigenous sites of significance or interest.
  • Learn the meanings of local or national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander place names and words.
  • Invite local Indigenous Elders to speak or give a Welcome to Country at your school or workplace.
  • Invite an Indigenous sportsperson or artist to visit you.
  • Invite Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander dancers to perform.
  • Host a community BBQ or luncheon.
  • Hold a flag raising ceremony.
  • Organise a smoking ceremony.

Visit the NAIDOC logo and banner page to help you on your way!

National NAIDOC Poster Competition

Tyrown Waigana, a Perth based artist and designer, has been named as this year’s winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC Poster Competition.

His winning entry - Shape of Land - was judged by the National NAIDOC Committee to have best illustrated the 2020 NAIDOC theme: Always Was Always Will Be.

Read a description and download a copy of the Shape of a Land poster

National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony 2021

The National NAIDOC Awards recognise the outstanding contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Do you know someone who has improved the lives of First Nation’s people in their communities and beyond? Who have promoted Indigenous issues in the wider community? Or who has shown excellence in their chosen field?

The NAIDOC Scholar of the Year Award is awarded on exceptional achievement in secondary and/or tertiary study or exceptional educators who have made a difference to the life of students or communities.

To nominate an individual for the Scholar of the Year Award use the following selection criteria:

  1. Demonstrated excellence in the nominated category
  2. The individual’s status as an inspirational role model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian population
  3. Demonstrated leadership
  4. The individual’s future goals and likely impact
  5. Demonstrated commitment to personal/vocational/career development

Complete the online entry form to nominate someone who you think deserves to be recognised.

Entries for the National NAIDOC Awards close on Monday 22 March 2021.