Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Week

History of NAIDOC Week

In 1955, the first Sunday in July became known as Aborigines Day. Since 1940, this had been celebrated on the first Sunday before the Australia Day holiday and was known as "Day of Mourning" Aboriginal Sunday.

In 1957, the National Aborigines' Day Observance Committee (NADOC) was formed. It was during this year that Aboriginal Pastor, Sir Douglas Nicholls, persuaded the NMCA to nominate the second Sunday in July as a day of remembrance of Aboriginal people and heritage.

Torres Strait Islander people were included in 1991 and NADOC became “NAIDOC”. This term is widely used today to refer to the week of special events and celebrations held each year between the first and second Sundays in July.

NAIDOC celebrations continue to provide an opportunity for Indigenous Australians to share the richness of their culture and heritage with the rest of the Australian community.