NAIDOC WEEK IN AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS
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Hi, I'm Emma! I am 16 and I go to a school in Queensland, Australia. My school celebrates many different things for a period of a week. Last week we celebrated 'Faith' week, next week we are celebrating 'music' week. We also celebrate science week, mental-health week, health week and sports week, just to name a few. My school loves to celebrate things that are important to High-School students. However, an Indigenous friend of mine (let's call her Mary) asked for the school to celebrate NAIDOC week. She was told “No”. At our school, we are a second home to many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. However, we aren't allowed to celebrate NAIDOC week? That is insulting and frankly, ridiculous!
Before I continue, I would like to tell you what NAIDOC week is. NAIDOC stands for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders’ Day Observance Committee’. NAIDOC week, held in July, recognises celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Therefore, I believe it is beyond important that all schools celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people.
Therefore, I would like to start this petition to not only start NAIDOC week celebrations at my school, but also in all schools in Australia. It is important that we raise this generation and future generations to acknowledge that Australia was stolen by white people and that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have suffered greatly as a result of this.
In my ideal world, I would like for all schools to celebrate NAIDOC week. I want the story of the Nation’s First people to be told. I want there to be workshops for kids to learn the local Indigenous language, I want dreamtime stories to be shared and for the cultural practices and artworks (such as dot paintings) to be created. I want all schools to acknowledge the Nation’s First people in the form of celebrating NAIDOC week. This will teach this generation and future generations, practices of the first people and to celebrate the Indigenous culture and languages.
I would like to ask you now to please sign this petition and to share this petition. I hope this petition gets enough signatures for not only my school, but all schools in Australia to celebrate this Nation’s First people.
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