Department of State Development

Celebrate Aboriginal culture

Each July, Australians come together to celebrate NAIDOC Week and to honour the history, culture, contribution and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In 2017, NAIDOC Week will run from 2 to 9 July 2017 with the theme of ‘Our Languages Matter’.

NAIDOC Week activities

Each year, as part of NAIDOC Week, all Australians are invited to learn more about Aboriginal culture and heritage and how they connect people to Country and the Country to people.

All South Australians are encouraged to participate in the annual celebrations and activities that take place across Adelaide and in the various regions of South Australia.

Major events each year include:

  • NAIDOC SA Awards & Lord Mayor’s Morning Tea (by invitation only)
  • Premier’s NAIDOC Awards (by invitation only)
  • NAIDOC Church Service
  • NAIDOC SA March
  • NAIDOC SA Family Fun Day
  • NAIDOC SA Ball and gala dinner.

Download the Calendar of Events

NAIDOC Week SA - Calendar of Events 2-9 July 2017
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Premier’s NAIDOC Award 2016

The Premier’s NAIDOC Award recognises the outstanding achievements and service of an extraordinary South Australian who has made a significant contribution to the lives of Aboriginal people in South Australia.

2016 Award

The recipient of the 2016 Premier’s NAIDOC Award is associate Professor Wendy Edmondson. Ms Edmondson is a passionate educator and health academic who has been recognised for her significant and ongoing commitment to Aboriginal health and education in South Australia.

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation presented Ms Edmondson with the award on behalf of the Premier, at a ceremony held on Wednesday 6 July 2016.  A strong field of finalists including Mia Fantasia-Copley, Paul Vandenbergh, Zaaheer McKenzie, and Aunty Ellen Trevorrow were also in attendance. 

2016 Naidoc Awards

Further information can be found in the media release.