NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. Events take place from July 2-9 honouring the theme ‘Our Languages Matter’. This year's theme celebrates the role Indigenous languages play in cultural identity and connecting us to place through storytelling. Read our interview with language expert Joel Davison who shared 10 Darug words and their meanings.
NAIDOC stands for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'. In the 1920s, Aboriginal groups sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. Today, all Australians and visitors are invited to join in the celebrations – many of which are free to attend and open to all ages.
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Before colonisation, there were more than 250 distinct languages spoken by Indigenous communities. Darug is one of the dialects spoken in Sydney. Take a look at the meanings of these ten words and learn about their significance to the first people to live here.