NAIDOC Week 2021

Total HRM acknowledges the traditional custodians of this Wiradjuri Land and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The official 2021 NAIDOC Week has come to a close on July 11, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic many events have been rescheduled to later in the year. This year’s NAIDOC theme is ‘Heal Country!’ aimed at fighting for greater protections of lands, water and cultural heritage & protecting them from destruction, desecration and exploitation.

You can follow local NAIDOC events through the Albury Wodonga NAIDOC Committee Facebook page.

NAIDOC is a celebration of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples and is an opportunity for all Australians to get involved with, and celebrate and support our local communities. You can easily learn more about the Country on which we live by using the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia.

Another great resource is Connect to Country – an initiative to help people understand and learn about Country we all share. In partnership with Facebook, they have resources to teach how to give an Acknowledgement of Country, as well as using Facebook’s location services to rollout

Once you learn on which lands you live – for us living locally in Albury/Wodonga region & surrounds we are on Wiradjuri, Waveroo, and Jaitmatang lands – you can incorporate it easily by including it in your mailing address as part of a campaign that has seen Australia Post including a traditional names section on their new packaging. NAIDOC Week is a great reminder to ensure that our workplaces are welcoming, inclusive, and diverse. Some things you can do to ensure diversity & inclusion are to develop a diversity policy, create a Reconciliation Action Plan to develop respectful relationships and create meaningful opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. You can find more ideas on this helpful tipsheet.

The NAIDOC website has tips & ideas of how to become involved in NAIDOC Week – many of which are applicable throughout the year, some ideas are:

  • Learn more about the Country on which you 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 or suggest one for your next book club

  • 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.

  • Get creative in the kitchen using Australian bushfood and native ingredients such as kangaroo, macadamia or lemon myrtle.

  • Learn more about how deliver an Acknowledgement of Country

  • Consider nominating someone for a National NAIDOC Award. While submissions for the National NAIDOC Awards are currently closed, you can begin preparing nominations for the 2022 awards for when they open later this year.