LCSA supports the call for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July 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. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
This year's theme for NAIDOC Week 2021 is Heal Country, and will be held from Sunday 4 July to Sunday 11 July, 2021.
How will you help to heal country?
All of us have the opportunity and responsibility to play a role in helping to heal country, both individually and collectively, by:
- supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who continue to advocate, march and fight for substantive institutional, structural and collaborative reform.
- embracing First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage. That the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders are respected equally to the cultures and values of all Australians.
- addressing the outstanding injustices which impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- acknkowledging that in the European settlement of Australia, there were no treaties, no formal settlements, no compacts. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people therefore did not cede sovereignty to this land. It was taken and will remain a continuing source of dispute.
- understanding that our shared past is an important step towards healing for a shared future.
For information, news and events happening for NAIDOC Week 2021, visit the NAIDOC website.
Note: Unfortunately many NAIDOC Week events in the Sydney Metropolitan area have been cancelled due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in place, however there are still plenty of ways to get involved and to celebrate the event. See: Top 20 Tips to Celebrate a COVID-safe NAIDOC Week.