NAIDOC Week runs between 5-12 July and stands for the National Aborigines and Islander Day Observance Committee.
The week-long celebration can be traced back to the early 1920’s and is a time to learn, recognise and increase awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, tradition and culture.
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2015 is ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate’. The netball community around the country are honoring this week with events planned in nearly every State and Territory.
Netball Tasmania are encouraging local netballers to wear yellow, red and black socks for their local competition matches on the weekend. They have also profiled several local Aboriginal netball community members to further promote the connection of netball with Tasmanian Aboriginal communities.
Netball Queensland connected with the former captain of the first Netball Queensland seven-a-side basketball (netball) team Dr Eve Fesl, a Gubbi Gubbi Elder, to perform a Welcome To Country at the 2015 Suzuki Challenge Carnival in Caboolture, Brisbane.
Similarly in South Australia, Netball SA have also engaged their local Aboriginal community and the Australian Football League (AFL) by running a clinic in conjunction with the Port Adelaide Football Club where they have over 90 participants signed up from across South Australia.
Netball NSW will be running a day-long netball clinic for local Aboriginal youth at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern. This event will be held as a part of the NCIE’s Inner City Family & Sports Day which promotes healthy and active lifestyles to the local community.
Perhaps the largest netball event being held in NAIDOC week across the country is at the State Netball Centre in Perth, where the 2015 NAIDOC Carnival takes place from Wednesday 8 July.
This annual event started in 2004 and this year’s will be the biggest yet with about 80 teams coming from both metropolitan and country WA.
The 2015 NAIDOC Netball Carnival is run in conjunction with the Department of Sport and Recreation WA and is supported by many WA-based community partners and is an important event on the Netball WA calendar each year.
The netball community can get involved in NAIDOC Week in a number of ways. Incorporate some new drills and games into your warm-up this week, by choosing from more than 120 traditional Indigenous games in the Australian Sports Commissions’ Yulunga resource.
Yulunga is a selection of games and activities from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies all around Australia. It provides an opportunity to learn about, appreciate and experience aspects of Indigenous culture.