Nationally, NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week is held in the first full week of July and is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. It is also an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in the wider community. The beginnings of NAIDOC week 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.
From 6-13 July 2014, NAIDOC is acknowledging and celebrating Indigenous Australians who have fought in defence of Australia.
The 2014 theme is Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond. This year’s NAIDOC theme honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country, and who have served with honour and pride in Australia’s military engagements across the globe.
Did you know that ACU’s Dr Noah Riseman (Senior Lecturer in History at ACU Melbourne) has undertaken research on Indigenous Australian military service? His work is uncovering the little-known histories of Indigenous peoples’ contribution to the war efforts. This work is raising the profile and celebrating the effort of Indigenous servicemen and women.