Channel 10 is praised for groundbreaking weather segment
Channel 10 ditched Australian city names for their Aboriginal equivalents in NAIDOC weekly weather bulletin
- Channel 10 used native town names
- The switch is to celebrate NAIDOC week
Channel 10 changed the names of major Australian cities to their traditional Indigenous names to celebrate NAIDOC week.
Tuesday morning 10 News First presenter read out the forecast for the day using the Indigenous names to ‘honor’ the week-long celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture.
During the report, Sydney was referred to as Gadigal, Melbourne as Naarm and Brisbane as Meeanjin, with some viewers describing the move as ‘deadly’ and ‘awesome’.
The switch from Colonial to Indigenous names has become an annual event for Channel 10 in honor of NAIDOC week, with the tradition starting in 2021.
The move earned the channel high praise when it was first introduced.
Channel 10 used native town names instead of colonial names to celebrate NAIDOC week (pictured, the native names used for the weather report)
Respect to Channel 10 news that marked the start of NAIDOC week by using traditional names for Australian capitals in its weather bulletin. Loved this feature,” one fan tweeted.
One person said it was a ‘key moment in Australian representation’, while another described the change as ‘fantastic’.
But one Indigenous Australian said all news channels should include Indigenous names ‘in all their reporting across the continent, not just Channel Ten and not just NAIDOC week’.
National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week is held the first week of July each year.
It is a week to celebrate and learn about indigenous cultures and history.
This year’s NAIDOC week runs from July 2 to July 9 and has the theme ‘For Our Elders’.
“Throughout every generation, our elders have played and continue to play an important role in our communities and families,” the organizers wrote.
The name change was to celebrate NAIDOC week, a week to celebrate and learn about Indigenous cultures and history (pictured, the Aboriginal flag)
They are cultural knowledge holders, pioneers, caretakers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers and our loved ones.
Our loved ones who pick us up in our low moments and celebrate us in our high ones. Who cook us a fodder to comfort us and get us in line.
“They guide our generations and pave the way for us to walk the paths we can take today. Guidance, not just through generations of advocacy and activism, but in everyday life and how to place ourselves in the world.”