10th July 2017

NAIDOC Week 2017 Celebrations with Red Room Poetry

By Kristy Wan

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

Red Room Poetry celebrated with presentations, workshops, and street banners in NSW.


Evelyn Araluen Corr presented at the Wollongong RMS to celebrate NAIDOC and the survival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.



First languages flying in Redfern with poetry from Lorna Munro and Yilia (Year 6, Alexandria Park Community School). Yilia's poetry was from the Yala Gari Pilot Program.



Yala Gari Poetry by Lorna Munro on @cityofsydney Street banners! #poetry #yalagari #redroompoetry #naidoc #naidocweek

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Lionel Fogarty lead introductory poetic performances at Balund-a Diversionary Centre and at Tabulum Public School and Bonalbo Central School in far north NSW.



Kirli Saunders was the keynote speaker for Bowral High School's NAIDOC Assembly.