Traditionally National NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observation Committee) Week is held across Australia each July to celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in First Nations communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We too have reason to celebrate the rich contributions of First Peoples to our church, its mission and its ministry.
Due to the impacts and uncertainty from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across communities and cities, National NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations will be held later this year, from the 8-15 November. These November dates follow the decision by the National NAIDOC Committee (NNC) to postpone NAIDOC Week from the original July dates. The postponement is aimed at protecting Elders and those in communities with chronic health issues from the disastrous impacts of COVID-19.
Whilst the national celebrations have been rescheduled, individual groups and communities are welcome to make the decision to hold their own events or activities in the first week (Sunday to Sunday) of July that incorporates the second Friday, the traditional dates for NAIDOC week, adhering however to the current COVID-19 rulings in their jurisdiction. Alternatively planning for the November dates may be preferred for 2020.