July 1, 2015 @ 2:50pm
Now in it’s 43rd year, NAIDOC week is celebrated across Australia this year from the 5th – 12st of July
The theme this year is We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate
This year the theme highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea. The theme is an opportunity to pay respects to country; honour those who work tirelessly on preserving land, sea and culture and to share the stories of many sites of significance or sacred places with the nation.
As the oldest continuing culture on the planet, the living culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is intrinsically linked with these sacred places. Sacred places can be geographic feature like a river or lake, a beach, bays, inlets, hills or a mountain ranges or ceremonial grounds, galleries of rock art or engravings or places used for gathering for cultural practices.
Long before European arrival, these places had traditional names – names that now reflect the timeless relationship between the people and the land. Often sacred places are connected with Dreaming stories or tell of the meaning of an area.
This year’s theme was also chosen specifically to highlight and celebrate the anniversary of the ‘Handback’ of Uluru, one of these sacred sites, to its traditional owners on 26 October 30 years ago.
What are you doing to celebrate NAIDOC week this year?
Find out what’s on in your area over at the NAIDOC week official events calendar here.
Alternatively we have provided some quick links below of activities we have found within some of our operating areas + Sydney.
Other suggestions include;
- Invite elders or others to talk about local sacred sites at your workplace, community group or school
- Learn the Traditional names and stories for places, mountains, rivers etc around your region
- Discover what language groups had names for places and sites in your region
- Find out about how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are working to protect these places