Kick off NAIDOC Week celebrations with these rich cultural activities at the office.
NAIDOC Week, celebrated from 2-9 July in 2023, gives Australians the opportunity to engage with and appreciate the rich histories, cultures, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The significance of this week extends to every aspect of our lives living in Australia, including our workplaces, where fostering an environment of inclusivity and respect is paramount.
Whether it's by joining in a delightful meal catered by an Indigenous-owned business or hosting workshops to promote understanding, each NAIDOC Week celebration brings us closer to an inclusive and harmonious Australia. Let's explore how your workplace can commemorate this special week.
Diverse NAIDOC Week activities to foster inclusion
Enrich your team's understanding with cultural workshops
Consider organizing an Indigenous culture workshop or inviting a speaker from the local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community. Initiatives like these not only enrich your team's understanding but also cultivate respect for Indigenous perspectives.
Your local Aboriginal Land Council or university's Indigenous department may offer resources and contact lists to help.
Engage with Indigenous art
Promote an appreciation of Indigenous art by arranging a trip to a local gallery or museum. Viewing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art can provide your team with unique insights into their rich cultural tapestry.
Hold a film screening
A culturally significant film or documentary can powerfully encapsulate Indigenous experiences. Host a screening at your office or virtually for your team and follow it with an open discussion to promote understanding.
Celebrate NAIDOC Week with Indigenous-inspired catering
When was the last time you could truly say you had a native Australian meal? And snags on the barbie don’t count!
Let your team explore the unique flavours of Indigenous cuisine by organising a culturally inspired catering experience.
Start with a native Australian breakfast
Why not kick off NAIDOC Week with a breakfast or morning tea incorporating native Australian ingredients? Caterers like Sydney's Kallico Catering can provide delightful options like native hibiscus pancakes, bush tomato quiche, or damper served with native jam and cream.
Indigenous-flavoured lunch and dinner
Venture further into Indigenous cuisine with a lunch or dinner menu. Indigenous catering partners like Melbourne’s Bunji Catering offer a diverse range of dishes featuring ingredients like kangaroo, eucalyptus smoked bacon, and native greens. Plus, they can accommodate various dietary requirements like gluten-free, dairy free, vegan, and vegetarian.
Indulge in Indigenous sweets
Conclude your celebration with indigenous-inspired desserts. From desert lime cheesecakes to sandalwood nut tarts, Perth’s Gather Foods offers a selection of exquisite pastries, perfect for an office treat.
Support Indigenous-owned caterers
Even if you’re not planning any elaborate NAIDOC Week celebrations, you can choose Indigenous-owned caterers to provide your office meals this week and ongoing! With the ‘Indigenous supplier’ filter on EatFirst, you can easily find caterers who specialise in Indigenous cuisine near you.
As we approach NAIDOC Week 2023, consider how your workplace can foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous histories and cultures. Through cultural engagement and delectable Indigenous cuisine, we can move a step closer to celebrating the rich tapestry of cultures that make Australia unique.
What our catering partners serving for NAIDOC Week inspired by Australia
A few of our suppliers are serving up special menu items just for NAIDOC week including:
- Kallico Catering (Sydney): The NAIDOC Week package includes sliders stuffed with kangaroo, crocodile and emu, fresh damper with native jam and cream and a fruit platter.
- Sevenoaks (Perth): A native croissant platter (with native basil and bush tomato used in the filling), kangaroo sausage rolls, lemon myrtle and davidson plum slices, scones baked with native herbs and vegetables and gluten-free/vegan native sweets.
- One Pot Catering (Sydney): Lemon myrtle scones, native greens fritters, wattle seed and walnut brownies, damper bread rolls, lemon myrtle shortbread, wallaby pies, barramundi skewers, native grazing platters (with kangaroo jerky and native-inspired dips) and native sweet platters (with lemon myrtle tarts, wattle seed brownies and rye berry scones).