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NAIDOC Week 2019 Literary Trail
(Status : Public)
Coordinated by BlackWords Team
  • Readers are warned that this information trail includes names and images of people who have died.

  • NAIDOC WEEK 2019

  • 2019 National NAIDOC logo (courtesy of
  • "This sovereignty is a spiritual notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or ‘mother nature’, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were born therefrom, remain attached thereto, and must one day return thither to be united with our ancestors. This link is the basis of the ownership of the soil, or better, of sovereignty. It has never been ceded or extinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown." - Uluru Statement from the Heart.

  • NAIDOC Week 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.


    This information trail has been compiled by Professor Anita Heiss and Emily McConochie.

  • Naidoc Poster 2019


    Charmaine Mumbulla is a Kaurna and Narungga woman who lives in Sydney with her young family. 

    'Her artwork “Awaken” depicts early dawn light rising over Uluru, symbolising continued spiritual and unbroken connection to the land. The circles at the base of Uluru represent the historic gathering in May 2017 of over 250 people from many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations who adopted the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Charmaine writes of the piece: “Our message, developed through generations, is echoed throughout the land: hear our voice and recognise our truth. We call for a new beginning, marked by a formal process of agreement and truth-telling, that will allow us to move forward together.” '

    Source: National Naidoc Committee

    Click here for posters from previous years.

  • NAIDOC through Poetry

  • Our Poems and Readings: 1999 NAIDOC Week

    A brief anthology of poetry put together to mark NAIDOC Week 1999. (...more)
    See full AustLit entry
  • N.A.I.D.O.C. 1982

  • NAIDOC Week

  • NAIDOC Week 2017 - Red Room Activities

    Celebrating Red Room Poetry's 20th Unlocked Program, returned to Balund-a with Murri poet, Lionel Fogarty, and musician Joe Geia for a special series of Unlocked poetry workshops. Lionel and Joe are both pionering activists and leading spokespeople for Indigenous rights in all areas. They were supported by Bundjalung Elder Lewis Walker, as well as local artists Roy Gordon and Gilbert Laurie from ACE Community Colleges.

    Source: Balund-a 2017

    For more Red Room Activities documented by Kristy Wan, click here

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