NAIDOC Week 2018

9 July 2018

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at The University of Queensland wishes everyone a Happy NAIDOC Week. The theme for 2018 is “Because Of Her, We Can!”.
This years theme celebrates the essential role that women have played - and continue to play - as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) Professor Bronwyn Fredericks said NAIDOC Week is a time for all people to embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. “This year’s theme is very powerful and recognises the great work Women have done professionally and our ongoing preservation of culture”, said Professor Fredericks.

NAIDOC Week (8th-15th) celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous 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 your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

The 2018 National NAIDOC Poster was designed by Cheryl Moggs, a Bigambul woman from Goondiwindi. Cheryl drew on the history, courage and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to educate others. The artwork (tarmunggie – Woman) has three overlaying images, connecting dreamtime, culture and knowledge.

The University of Queensland will have a NAIDOC celebration in August and tickets are still available at


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