NAIDOC Week in the west

Published on LEUT Samantha Dudley (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): NAIDOC Week

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Zac Pitt, prepares to hoist the Torres Strait Island flag during colours ceremony on board HMAS Stirling, with other members of Stirling and families to signify the commencement of NAIDOC Week. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)
Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Zac Pitt, prepares to hoist the Torres Strait Island flag during colours ceremony on board HMAS Stirling, with other members of Stirling and families to signify the commencement of NAIDOC Week.

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.

NAIDOC week provides a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 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.

A variety of Defence-related activities will take place during NAIDOC Week between Sunday 7 July 2013 and Sunday 14 July 2013, including the flying of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags in Sir Thomas Blamey Square, between the Australian National Flag and the tri-service Ensign, as well as at other Defence establishments such as HMAS Stirling.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20130682.