Today marks the first day of NAIDOC Week 2021. Every year, NAIDOC Week is typically held in the first week (a Sunday to Sunday) of July with celebrations held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
This year, the theme is ‘Heal Country, heal our nation.’ For generations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been calling for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of our culture and heritage for all Australians.
The aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the culmination of generations of consultation and discussions among our nations on a range of issues and grievances. Through these times, Elders and communities have advocated, marched and fought for substantive institutional, structural and collaborative reform.
We cannot afford to let pass the very real opportunity that now presents itself for reform based on a fundamental change in the relationship Australia has with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Choose to be part of the change.
Heal Country, heal our nation.