Once there was a National Aborigines Day Observance Committee, which organised a Day of Mourning to protest against Australia Day. In 1955 the day was moved to July, as it became less of a protest and more of a celebration. By the 1990s Torres Strait Islanders had also been recognised and NAIDOC Week as we know it now was born.
And there is much to do around the region.
Tweed: Minjungbal Museum will host the induction of an outstanding member of the local Aboriginal community into the ‘Indigenous Hall of Fame’ and a morning tea organised by Bundjalung Home Care today between 9.30am and 12 noon.
Byron: Family fun day at the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre.
Tweed: Arkinstall Park will host a health expo and sports day featuring a touch competition from 8.30am until 4pm.
Byron: Arakwal Native Title documentary screening Walking With My Sisters (PG), followed by Back To Country, Byron Bay Community Centre, 6.30pm. Tickets at door $8/ $6 conc.
Lismore: Deadly Dancers at the City Centre Produce Markets from 5pm and Blue Light Disco at the Lismore PCYC from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
Byron: Arakwal Celebration Day from 10am to 2pm, including a march from Railway Park to Main Beach Park, Byron Bay (commencing at 10am).
Tweed: Elders’ Day will be held at the North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club from 12 noon until 4pm. Teenagers, 15 years and under, are invited to a fancy-dress disco on Thursday evening at the Tweed Heads PCYC.
Lismore: Community Sport and Fun Day at Kadina Park from 10.00am to 2.00pm
Owing to wet conditions in Heritage Park, Lismore’s family day has been moved to Thursday 9 August.
Tweed: NAIDOC Street March starting at the Civic Centre in Brett Street, Tweed Heads at 10am followed by a corroboree at Goorimahbah in Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed Heads, at 11am. Dinner Dance at the Cudgen Leagues Club on Friday night from 6.30pm until midnight.