12 Engaging & Thoughtful ways to celebrate NAIDOC Week

12 Engaging & Thoughtful ways to Celebrate NAIDOC Week

Voice. Treaty. Truth is the theme to this year’s NAIDOC week. NAIDOC Week is celebrated by all Australians during 7-14 July this year and is a wonderful opportunity to engage with and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture, language and communities.

What is NAIDOC Week?

NAIDOC Week is a celebration of the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons both past and present. During this time educators and children can reflect and research both their local and outer Indigenous communities to provoke discussion and partake in meaningful experiences reflective of their local communities. As per Early Years Learning Framework Outcome 1 – Children have a strong sense of identity, it is important for both children of Indigenous and non-Indigenous culture to understand the history of our land and its people.

Educators can provide children, families and the community with an opportunity to participate in open ended experiences celebrating indigenous culture, persons and events. Researching the history of your local community and engaging with indigenous persons within the local and centre community is a way to ensure that tokenistic practices are avoided and meaningful activities and events and understanding of the local culture is embedded within the learning experiences engaged in by the children and reflective within the service. Research will also ensure that respect is shown for customs, traditions and beliefs of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities.

Activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week:

There are many ways to celebrate NAIDOC week within your service which represents both your local and wider indigenous community.

  1. Invite an Indigenous Elder to visit the centre and share their knowledge and experiences with the children
  2. Research local history and have this reflected within your experiences and environment.
  3. Research local art and crafts – are there local sandstone paintings that you could replicate.
  4. Visit a local site to view art works.
  5. Listen to Indigenous music during experiences and rest time.
  6. Invite centre family members who are of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander decent to visit the centre and engage in experience with the children. Reading a story, sharing stories of their own personal experiences.
  7. Invite local sporting identities or other Indigenous role models to visit the centre and speak with the children. These could be a local footballer, politician, artist, author.
  8. Have children open each morning with an Acknowledgement/Welcome to country.
  9. Incorporate resources and equipment within the room which reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups.
  10. Learn a song or some words in the local language.
  11. Display images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons
  12. Experiences focused on music, art and dance

It is important that centers continue to represent, showcase, research and implement practice in ongoing experiences, discussions, learning and engagement of Indigenous people and culture on an ongoing basis throughout the year to embed Indigenous perspectives into their service.

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