NAIDOC Week, 5-12th July 2009

Every year, NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia to commemorate the history and celebrate the culture and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Australians from all works of life are invited to celebrate and continue to take steps towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

What does NAIDOC mean?
NAIDOC originally stood for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. This acronym has gone on to become the name of the week itself. To learn more about the history of NAIDOC Week visit www.naidoc.org.au

The theme for 2009 is Honouring Our Elders, Nurturing Our Youth. The theme encourages communities to acknowledge the status of our Elders as leaders and role models for our youth.

Wherever you live, you can take part in NAIDOC celebrations
There will be an official opening ceremony on Sunday 5th July in Wellington Square in East Perth from 12pm to 4pm. To find out what else is happening in your area and how to get involved, visit http://naidocperth.org/

The State Library of Western Australia will also be running free tours of the Western Australian Indigenous collections in the Battye Library throughout NAIDOC week from Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July 2009. Bookings are essential – to reserve your place contact us on 9427 3111.

If you can’t make it into the library, why not take a virtual tour of our digitised photographs through the State Library’s catalogue or at Picture Australia.

The State Library of Western Australia also offers specialised guided tours, educational programs and events to support our Indigenous information resources and we welcome your feedback and advice in regards to our Indigenous collections, services and programs. Contact indigenous.spec@slwa.wa.gov.au for more information.

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