NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC Week 2017 will be held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

All Byron Shire residents are encouraged to participate in the celebrations and activities that take throughout the Shire during NAIDOC Week.

Flag Raising and Byron Shire NAIDOC Week 2017 Awards Ceremony

One of the regular events of the annual Byron Shire NAIDOC Week Calendar is the Flag Raising and Byron Shire NAIDOC Week Awards Ceremony. This event takes place on the Monday of each NAIDOC Week and is hosted by Byron Shire Council at the Council Chambers in Mullumbimby. The Flag Raising. Even though Byron Shire Council flies the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags all year round, the Flag Raising Ceremony is an important symbolic event that pays homage to the Indigenous Nations of Australia.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people contribute to our community in a variety of ways including music, art, culture, community, education, environment, sport and politics.