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NAIDOC 2010

NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia in July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 

NAIDOC originally stood for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week (see History of NAIDOC), and its acronym has become the name of the week itself.

 

The week is celebrated not just in the Indigenous community, but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces.

 

Wherever you live, taking part in NAIDOC Week is a great way to celebrate Indigenous culture and build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

 

NAIDOC Week celebrations for 2010 will be held from 4 to 11 July.

 

The 2010 National NAIDOC theme is 'Unsung Heroes - Closing the Gap by Leading Their Way'.

 

Many unsung Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made huge contributions to Australian society.

 

'Unsung heroes' recognises the part played by the quiet achievers in the Indigenous community, both now and in the past.

 

These heroes lead by taking their own paths, and in doing so, helping other Indigenous people set their own direction for the future. The theme asserts Indigenous ownership of 'closing the gap'.

 

The gaps that need to be closed include gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and gaps in knowledge and understanding.

When:  04 July 2010 - 11 July 2010

Time:  All week!

Where:  Host city is Melbourne - but celebrations happening around Australia.

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