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Indigenous dot painting depicting land, water and communities. Words say Heal Country 4-11 July 2021.

This week is NAIDOC week. NAIDOC Week celebrations are from 4-11 July 2021. It celebrates the First Nations peoples of Australia and their connection to culture and country.

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You can find an event near you by searching the NAIDOC Week Events Calendar by postcode, state, or event name. Local NAIDOC Week celebrations are an important way for people to learn, share and grow.

Heal Country

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

According to NAIDOC, Country is inherent to the identity of First Nations peoples.

It sustains Indigenous lives in every aspect - spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.

Country is more than a place.

When Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples talk about Country, they speak about it like it is a person.

Country is family, kin, law, lore, ceremony, traditions, and language. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, it has been this way since the dawn of time.

The right to protect Country and culture is fundamental.

Destruction and desecration of our sacred lands or ancient sites - some of the oldest human occupation sites on the planet – is an enormous loss for both our nation and the world. Destruction like Rio Tinto’s destruction of Juakan Gorge in the Pilbara last year.

Bhiamie Williamson, who is a Research Associate and PhD Candidate at ANU, discusses 3 ways you can help in NAIDOC’s call to Heal Country. He says:

“Heal Country invites all Australians to walk with us, to stand beside us, to support us.

But perhaps most importantly, it invites Australians to love, treasure and fight for this land, as we have done, and will do, forever.”

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