NAIDOC Week celebrations are being held from 8 -15 November this year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have occupied and cared for this land for over 65,000 years.
We encourage all playgroups and families at home to acknowledge and celebrate NAIDOC Week to foster a better understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people!
Things you can do
Here are some ideas to celebrate the special week:
Indigenous Art: Dot Painting or Rock Painting
Aboriginal Dot Paintings are created by making several small dots of paint to create an entire piece of art – whether it depicts an image or a pattern. To enjoy this activity, simply fill up bowls with different colours of paint and using cotton ear buds, have the children make their own dot painting on paper plates, poster paper or rocks.
Aboriginal Handprint Flag
Using the flag colours of black, red and yellow paints you can make a great Aboriginal flag using hand prints! Remember – black for people, red for the earth, yellow for the sun.
Damper is an easy food to create with simple ingredients and enjoyed warm with butter or even jam. Watch our very own Aunty Averil make her very special fried damper here.
Always a favourite with children! Make your own playdough and use the colours black, red and yellow to represent Indigenous colours or blue, yellow and white to represent Islander colours.