NAIDOC Week 2022 is running from 3-10 July and this year’s theme is ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held around the country each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This year’s theme reminds us to keep up the momentum for change and to secure institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative reforms. It is also a celebration of those who have driven the change towards equal human rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in our communities for generations.
“Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, Constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism—we must do it together.” – NAIDOC Week 2022
About NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC Week originated from the Aboriginal Rights Movement and stands for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.’ This was originally the committee responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week. Now it is the name for the entire festival, and it is an important week for all Australians to celebrate and engage with the unique and diverse cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
“Our uniqueness as the oldest continuing culture on the planet, and our 50,000 years of survival. It’s about sharing our culture, our stories and our proud history and the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made to this nation. It’s got to be about non-Indigenous Australians saying “Yes… Australia is 50,000 plus years old…not just 245 years old!”
– John Paul Janke, Co-Chair of the National NAIDOC Committee
Many Rivers’ Acknowledgement
Many Rivers acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as custodians of the traditional land and waters of Australia. We acknowledge and pay respect to them, their cultures and Elders past and present.
Many Rivers’ Community Economic Development (CED) Program, supports Indigenous Australian organisations across the country that are working to build businesses and create jobs for other communities.
Many Rivers’ Microenterprise Development (MED) Program supports Australians to develop a solid business idea, create a business plan, register their business, understand cash flow, bookkeeping, and so much more. In FY21, 35% of Many Rivers’ supported small businesses were owned by Indigenous Australians.