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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware this website contains images, voices and names of people who have died.


The National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) originated from Aboriginal groups in the 1920s seeking to increase awareness of the status and treatment of First Nations people. 

The first annual Day of Mourning protest was held on 26 January 1938 and by 1955 this annual event became not just a day of protest, but also a celebration of Aboriginal culture.

Today, NAIDOC Week occurs at the start of July every year and recognises and celebrates First Nations histories, cultures and achievements. NAIDOC Week 2024 runs from 7 to 14 July and the theme is Keep the fire burning! Blak, loud and proud.

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For NAIDOC week events at the Museum and across the country, visit:

NAIDOC Week at the National Museum of Australia

NAIDOC Week events across the country