NAIDOC week is held in July each year.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.
The National NAIDOC Committee makes decisions on national celebrations each year. It has representatives from most Australian states and territories.
NAIDOC began in the 1920s with the emergence of Aboriginal awareness groups. These groups helped build an understanding of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
Theme for 2021
The NAIDOC2021 theme is HEAL COUNTRY! – which calls for everyone to continue to seek greater protections for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage against exploitation, desecration and destruction.
Country that is more than a place and inherent to the identity of Indigenous Australians.
For generations First Nations People have been calling for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of their culture and heritage.
They are still waiting for those robust protections.
This year’s theme also seeks substantive institutional, structural, and collaborative reform – something generations of Elders and communities have been advocating, marching and fighting for.
Healing Country means finally resolving many of the outstanding injustices which impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
It is about hearing and actioning aspirations which are the culmination of generations of consultation and discussions among indigenous nations on a range of issues and grievances.
After 250 years, the children and future generations of Indigenous Australians deserve better.
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