NSW Department of Education marks NAIDOC 2021 with singalong and tree planting

NSW Department of Education marks NAIDOC 2021 with singalong and tree planting

by Freya Lucas

June 25, 2021

A singalong with celebrated musician Christine Anu and the planting of 1000 trees are part of the extraordinary celebrations by NSW Department Education to mark NAIDOC 2021, which runs from 4 July to 11 July 2021.


As NAIDOC Week falls in the school holidays the Department of Education will acknowledge the Week this week, to ensure children are involved in the celebration. 


In 2021 the theme Healing Country! invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.


The events of the week were launched with tree-planting ceremonies, held in partnership with Landcare Australia, across the State on Darug Wiradjuri and Gumbaynggir Country.


As part of the week’s celebrations, Aboriginal Outcomes and Partnerships are encouraging schools and other Department sites to increase their stock of Indigenous children’s and young adult’s book titles with a 50 per cent discount on cover prices.


The week will also include a special event with the Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation, who will showcase their mobile learning centre and share their stories of the impact of the Stolen Generation.


The NAIDOC Week 2021 celebrations will close on Friday with a singalong featuring Christine Anu singing My Island Home and Taba Naba with schools across the state.


The official NAIDOC Week (4 to 11 July) is also being marked by events in the Department and in communities around Australia.


You can join the virtual celebration via video streams hosted by Aboriginal Outcomes and Partnerships, each weekday morning from 9am, during the Department’s special NAIDOC Week.