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Celebrating NAIDOC Week in Australia

written by Intrepid Travel November 2, 2020
Arnhem Land

Intrepid Travel acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises their ongoing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal anhttps://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/winter-travel-canada/d Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future, and support the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices.

As an Australian born, based and owned company, NAIDOC marks an important week on the Intrepid calendar. This year NAIDOC Week is being celebrated from 8-15 November, giving us all an opportunity to come together to celebrate the voices, history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

2020 has had us all staying a little closer to home and paying more attention to the land around us, so it’s suitable that the theme of NAIDOC Week 2020 – Always Was, Always Will Be – encourages us to celebrate the true history of the Australian continent. The story of this nation didn’t start 500 years ago. For over 65,000 years this land has been occupied and looked after by First Nations peoples. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were the first. Australia’s first footsteps, first explorers, first farmers, first scientists, first artists. This land is home to the world’s oldest continuing cultures, the world’s oldest oral stories, and this week is a reminder to acknowledge our shared history and to look to the future.

There are many different ways to learn and celebrate this continent’s history, but for us it’s from First Nations people themselves, on their traditional land. That’s why we encourage local, immersive travel, grounded in and giving back to local communities. As this Intrepid traveller on our first trip to Arnhem Land says, travel can teach you about the world like little else.

“Here in East Arnhem Land I felt almost as though I were being given a second chance, a chance to do what our European ancestors never did: to go there and be humble, to learn and to connect…The term ‘transformational experience’ gets thrown around recklessly these days, but I genuinely felt like the sand was shifting beneath my feet while we were with the Yolngu”.

A local guide in East Arnhem Land sharing his local knowledge

We’re proud to  work with First Nations’ communities across Australia, from the Daintree to Tasmania, New South Wales to Cape Leverque, to inspire in our travellers an appreciation for the world’s oldest living cultures. This NAIDOC Week, we encourage you to join us in this celebration, to join an event near you or virtually, to listen to Indigenous voices through books, films, or social media, and support indigenous culture wherever you are.

PARTICIPATE: Official NAIDOC week events, Victorian NAIDOC virtual events
READ: Common GroundAscension Mag
WATCH: NITV and SBS with a special slate of NAIDOC programming
FOLLOW: #NAIDOC2020#NAIDOCWeek, #AlwaysWasAlwaysWillBe, @naidocweek

Learn more about our long-term commitment to engaging with Australia’s First Peoples by visiting our Responsible Business page.

As an Australian-owned business, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to their Elders past, present and future.

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ANITA November 19, 2020 - 11:06 pm

I really respect that and love the old traditions. Humanity has a great heritage.

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AperioTaxi November 13, 2020 - 10:31 am

Really interesting work. My father lived in Australia for two years. It seems like a great place. A lot of history and people with amazing stories. Some places that I’d really recommend to visit from what I’ve heard is Brisbane as well as the Gold Coast. Amazing beaches down there. If you’re looking for service or some kind of charity work there’s also some great places down there as well.

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