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Heal Country - NAIDOC 2021 Week

Warning - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following many contain images, voices and names of deceased persons


"Galang nguruindhau", which is pronounced, "Ga-lung ngoo-rroo-win-dha-woo meaning Hello and welcome in Turrbal dialect. To begin, I would first like to acknowledge First Nations people as the original inhabitants or as Traditional Owners of the land we call Australia and Torres Strait Islands, the land on which I was raised and to which my parents immigrated to in 1967. I acknowledge all Elders past and present." (Michael Eagleton)



2021 National NAIDOC logo.


Healing Country means embracing First Nation's cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage. That the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders are respected equally to and the cultures and values of all Australians.

CSOARM the Catholic Schools Diocese of Armidale spoke to students, Aboriginal Education Assistants, Focus Teachers, their ATSI Manager for Indigenous Education and Ex Student Mitch Tambo about what this years NAIDOC theme 'Heal Country' means to them!


NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.


NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for Australians to come together to celebrate and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and achievements. This year’s theme has been Heal Country! It recognises the connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to Country which can be spiritual, physical, emotional, social and cultural.


SantosLtd Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2021 - Heal Country!



Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre NAIDOC Voices 2021 Liverpool

2021 National NAIDOC Poster ‘The 2021 National NAIDOC Poster incorporating the Aboriginal Flag (licensed by WAM Clothing Pty Ltd) and the Torres Strait Islander Flag (licensed by the Torres Strait Island Council).’


The National Indigenous Voice - The path toward better decisions, programs and policies for Australia’s First Nations People - FiRST NATiONS TV

Indigenous Voice consultation feedback Thursday Island TSI

Dr. Donna Odegaard AM Co-Chair, National CoDesign Group, Voice, National Indigenous Australians


Decisions on NAIDOC were once made by the National Aborigines’ and Islanders’ Day Observance Committee that gave the celebrations their name. Between 1997 and 2004, this role was performed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). With the abolition of ATSIC in March 2005, an interim committee based in the focus State, South Australia, made decisions on NAIDOC 2005.


At the 2005 National NAIDOC Ball and Awards Ceremony the interim committee presented Indigenous leader and former Senator Aden Ridgeway with a message stick as the ‘custodian’ of NAIDOC. Aden chaired the committee until 2008. Co-Chairing responsibilities were transferred to Dr Anne Martin and Ben Mitchell who undertook the role for 10 years during 2008-2018. Since that time, Patricia Thompson and John Paul Janke chaired the National NAIDOC Committee. In 2020, membership changes have seen Shannan Dodson join John Paul Janke as Co-Chair.


Learn more about Shannan and John Paul, along with other members of the National NAIDOC Committee -




For indigenous Australians, there’s a lot to talk about. The Centre for Independent Studies wanted to hear from voices on the front line. So they sent a film crew to Alice Springs to capture those voices. This is what they heard.

In order of appearance, this following documentary features Mark Lockyer, Theresa Napurrurla Price, Dennis Roy Kunoth, Bess Nungarrayi Price, Cecilia Alfonso, Jennifer Hubert, David Price, Linda Hughes, Nicole Laughton & Nicholas Williams.

NAIDOC 2021 called for all of us to push for greater protections of the land, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.




Live re-record of My Island Home by Christine Anu taken form the album 'ReStylin' Up 20 Years.



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Except where otherwise noted, the 2021 NAIDOC Poster is provided under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-N4 4.0). The Poster must be used in its entirety, as supplied. An alternative version using the graphic and text elements is not to be produced. The Poster must be attributed as ‘The 2021 National NAIDOC Poster incorporating the Aboriginal Flag (licensed by WAM Clothing Pty Ltd) and the Torres Strait Islander Flag (licensed by the Torres Strait Island Council).’

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