The importance of NAIDOC Week

Samaritans CEO

This week Australia celebrates NAIDOC Week – a time to recognise and appreciate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture, achievements and valuable contribution to our country.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islander Day Observance Committee, originating from the Committee formed in 1938 in protest against the treatment of their people.

The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is Songlines – The living narrative of our nation. Historically, Songlines recorded the travels of ancestral spirits who ‘sung’ the land into life. Through these song lines, used to navigate distances and map oceans, hunting grounds, flora and fauna, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander have remained connected to Country.

It is remarkable that sacred stories and ceremonies have been maintained and shared for over tens of thousands of years.   Australia is privileged to be a culturally enriched country because of this. Maintaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is important and should not be taken for granted.

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