NAIDOC Week: Heal Country, Heal Our Nation

Jul 4, 2021Latest News

‘Heal Country’ calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage for all, now and into the future.

 

Today Sunday 4 July marks the beginning of NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC Week is celebrated each year in July, this year it falls on Sunday 4 July to Sunday 11 July. NAIDOC Week is a national celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s theme is ‘Heal Country’. Heal Country calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage for all, now and into the future.

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. There is so much more to do in order to heal Country and resolve the outstanding injustices that is still ongoing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to this day.

Each year, North Richmond Community Health takes part in the celebrations of NAIDOC to acknowledge and embrace the rich heritage of Australia’s First Nation Peoples. This year, we are celebrating by hosting a Welcome to Country and BBQ breakfast at NRCH and hosting a fire at the monthly Twilight Market.

Please join us for two COVIDSafe events to celebrate NAIDOC Week:

 

Wednesday 7 July



NRCH will be hosting a fire and information table at the monthly Twilight Market.

Location: The Gathering Place (opposite BANH Neighbourhood Houses)
Time: 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Saturday 10 July

A Welcome to Country at NRCH by Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Dianne Kerr followed by a flag raising and BBQ breakfast. 

Location: North Richmond Community Health (front of our building) | 23 Lennox Street, Richmond 3121
Time: 9:30am to 11am

 

There are many ways you can celebrate and honour the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week:

  1. Participate in our events as listed above.
  2. Learn more about the First Nation Country and People where you live and work: Map of Indigenous Australia | AIATSIS
  3. Watch a film with friends and family, some recommended movies are listed here: Films to watch this NAIDOC week | Movie News | SBS Movie
  4. List of NAIDOC events around Australia and Victoria: NAIDOC Week Events | NAIDOC

  5. Local community radio station, 3CR Community Radio in Smith St Fitzroy is broadcasting Beyond the Bars from six Victorian prisons during NAIDOC Week: Beyond the Bars 2021 | 3CR Community Radio
  6. Acknowledgement or Welcome information: Acknowledgement Of Country | Welcome To Country | Australians Together

To ensure we can protect those most vulnerable in our community such as Elders and those with pre-existing health conditions from COVID-19, please take a look at NAIDOC’s Tips for a COVIDSafe NAIDOC Week.

North Richmond Community Health stands on land belonging to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. 

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