Community Colleges Australia (CCA) supports NAIDOC Week 2021. Australia’s not-for-profit adult and community education (ACE) providers well and truly over-perform in engaging Indigenous Australians in training programs, and bring a special commitment to ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are welcomed into their programs.
About 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. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
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. Find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week.
Each year, there is a different focus city for the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony. The focus city, National NAIDOC Poster Competition and the NAIDOC Awards recipients are selected by the National NAIDOC Committee.
Local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week are encouraged and often organised by communities, government agencies, local councils, schools and workplaces.
Community Colleges Australia Engagement with Indigenous Australia
Last year, CCA has published an Engaging Indigenous Communities Guide, developed to assist CCA members to deliver culturally safe accredited and non-accredited training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities, by conducting effective and sustainable engagement. The Guide (download a copy here in PDF) was prepared for CCA by the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC), with funding provided by the NSW Government.
The head office of Community Colleges Australia is located in the Sydney CBD, on the lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. CCA honours their Elders, past, present and emerging.