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NAIDOC Week

Happy NAIDOC Week!

NAIDOC celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and invite the nation to embrace First Nations’ knowledge and understandings.

The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

Through the This is Our Dream Cultural Compact people, communities, organisations and government are invited to walk forward in a new way acknowledging Nyiyaparli and Martu land, culture, language and law. This new journey is one of mutual respect, inclusive decision-making and increased access to opportunities.

To mark NAIDOC Week, we have curated some of our favourite resources for better knowing and celebrating Australia’s First Nations cultures.

This map of Indigenous Australia, by AIATSIS, attempts to represent the language, social or nation groups of Aboriginal Australia, and highlights the many distinct groups that have made up Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia for millenia.

Gambay is a map of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages developed by First Languages Australia in collaboration with regional language centres nationally that reflects the names and groupings favoured by community.

The National NAIDOC Committee has a series of resources available to help you celebrate NAIDOC Week, from ways to get involved and sharable NAIDOC logos and banners to a list of NAIDOC Week events and tools to help you host your own celebration.

In some of our favourite news this week, Australia Post has launched new packaging including a dedicated space for Indigenous land names, so Australians can begin recognising traditional Country on their mail.

And NITV has profiled the 16 First Nations athletes heading to the Tokyo Olympics this month.