NAIDOC Week is a subject I’ve been trying to avoid for fear of coming across as an arsehole.
But given that I probably am one anyway, and it’s a certainty someone is going to call me one today (more likely several people) no matter what I do, I may as well embrace it.
Firstly what the hell is a NAIDOC when it’s at home? Because it’s NAIDOC week the media is all a twitter with indigenous issues, but what’s the root cause of the commemoration? Well NAIDOC stands for “National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee”.
So we’re having a week to celebrate a committee established to observe a day.
Which goes some way to explain why I struggle to muster any interest in the events. If the whole thing stood for anything at all maybe I could be bothered even having an opinion about it.
For those with an interest there is a 23 page program of NAIDOC events in Canberra alone.