William Cooper was an Aboriginal Christian leader from the early twentieth century who fought tirelessly for the rights of his people. One of his lasting legacies is what we today celebrate as NAIDOC Week.
NAIDOC Week is an annual week-long celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity for us to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. This year NAIDOC Week runs from July 2-9 with events and activities happening across the country.
Each year NAIDOC Week has a theme, and this years theme is Our Languages Matter. The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations. The NAIDOC Week website says this year's theme "aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song."
Take Action: Attend a NAIDOC Event
Across the country, in every state and territory, hundreds of events are being held to celebrate NAIDOC Week. One of the best ways you can get involved in NAIDOC Week is to commit to attending one of these events, joining together with hundreds of others as we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Get Involved: Celebrate at your church
On the first Sunday of NAIDOC Week (July 2nd), our Aboriginal Spokesperson Brooke Prentis preached a powerful NAIDOC Sermon at Burwood Uniting Church. Brooke gave permission for this sermon to be filmed and made available for Churches to use on the second Sunday of NAIDOC Week (July 9th), or for small groups to include during their weekly gatherings.
Go Deeper: Journey through NAIDOC Week
Our friends at Tear have produced a NAIDOC Week email series that features videos, blogs, reflections and prayers from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders. Following along with this series is a great way to stay engaged throughout the week, as you create space to listen and learn from from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders.