Celebrating NAIDOC Week 4-11 July 2021
Recognising the importance of NAIDOC Week
'We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor using our energies, gifts and resources to address violence and discrimination especially for women and children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples...' (Chapter Statement)
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.
This year's theme Heal Country! calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. NAIDOC Week 2021 acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or 1606 - with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula. The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples.
More about the theme and the invitation to all Australians 'to embrace the true history of this country' can be read here. Resources to celebrate the week, includin g this poster, can be found here. Ways to be involved can be found here
Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation recognises the importance of NAIDOC Week in celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture, talent and resilience and the opportunity this week offers us all to grow in knowledge and build relationships.