“Healing Country is healing us. We are Country and Country is us. We are all one.” – Worimi Elder Uncle Steve Brereton
This year’s NAIDOC Theme ‘Heal Country’ calls for us all to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction. Country encompasses land, waterways, seas, skies as well as the energy and space in between. Country is language, relationships, culture, and Law. Healing Country means finally resolving many of the outstanding injustices which impact the lives of First Nations people.
Each year NAIDOC week grows in stature and depth of celebrations at community, state, and national levels. It is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.
This is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.
Heal Country, heal our nation.
It’s easy to get involved, below are some ideas to get you started or for more information visit naidoc.org.au.
· Virtually attend one of the many online events available in the NAIDOC Week Official Calendar
· Find out about the 2021 NAIDOC Week poster or look through the previous poster gallery.
· Discuss with a colleague, what this year’s theme ‘Heal Country!’ means to you.
· Watch special NAIDOC Week programming on SBS/NITV and ABC
· Learn more about the Country in which we live and work using the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia.
· Find a book to read, written and published by Indigenous authors and illustrators through Magabala Books.
· Check out some music and podcasts from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creators on Indigitube.
· Take a look at how you can support Indigenous businesses through the Supply Nation Indigenous Business Direct.
· Learn more about how to deliver an Acknowledgement of Country
· Find out more about the history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and how you can fly them.
· Use this year’s theme to connect to Country by going for a walk (if restrictions permit), exercising outside, visiting a local park or gardening.
· Research Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history or start some family history research.
· Try colouring in the NAIDOC Week poster.
· Visit the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander exhibitions of museums and galleries in-person or online.