NAIDOC Week 2023 - For Our Elders

03 Jul 2023

The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.


NAIDOC Week runs annually from 2-9 July. The theme for NAIDOC Week 2023 is For Our Elders, highlighting the importance of elders for all generations of First Nations Australians past and present. Elders are a central part of Aboriginal community and play an essential role in keeping their cultures and histories alive.

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.


This year’s NAIDOC Week poster was designed by Bobbi Lockyer, a proud Ngarluma, Kariyarra, Nyulnyul and Yawuru artist. They said about the design:

“Where there is knowledge there are our Elders. Our Elders paved the pathways for us, taught us our knowledge, our history, they passed down their art, stories and wisdom. Our Elders are the foundation of our communities and role models for our children. With this poster I wanted to showcase how important our Elders are in passing down traditions and culture to our children and future.”

You can find out more about the poster, including a video about Bobbi and her artwork, on the NAIDOC Week website.


The ANU Library has a significant collection of resources by, for, and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. A selection of these resources are highlighted below.


Informit Indigenous Collection

This multidisciplinary resource includes materials relating to topical and historical issues within Indigenous studies, with material from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, North America, and the Pacific.


Guide on the Voice to Parliament

ANU has developed this guide to provide information to the ANU community and the wider community regarding the referendum on the Voice to Parliament. The guide includes research from the University, information on the referendum and the democratic processes relating to the Australian constitution, the views of national organisations and resources that will assist readers in understanding the debate around the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.




We have access to an extensive and authoritative collection of e-books through the ProQuest Australian Indigenous Collection, which spans a broad and diverse range of subject areas, including arts, education, health, science, medicine, history, social science, language, linguistics, law, and religion, as well as a selection of adult and juvenile fiction. These can be viewed online.


AIATSIS videos

We have a series of videos from Ronin Films from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) collection. Browse the collection in our online catalogue.


Australian Indigenous Studies guide

ANU Library staff have developed an online guide which provides an introduction to the scholarly resources available from the Library about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, and cultures.


ANU Repository

The Open Research repository has a wide range of relevant resources. You can browse the entire repository, or search specific collections including:


ANU Press

You can also find a collection of books and journals by ANU academics on matters about and relating to Indigenous Australians through ANU Press.


Find out more

To find out more about NAIDOC Week, and see what events are being held around Australia, visit the NAIDOC Week website.