NAIDOC Week 2021: reflecting and connecting to country

Heal Country!

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

On reflection, I have limited knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture. Perhaps because I didn’t go to school in Australia, and to the best of my knowledge I don’t personally know any Aborigines. Recently I’ve been trying to learn more about the Indigineous communities in the regions I work and live.

I’ve learned that my home of Sydney is land of the Eora Nations. My place of work at Moorebank in South-Western Sydney is land of the Dharug and Dharawal people. I also recently discovered from local community members that Western Sydney has the highest density of Indigenous people in Australia.

I plan to continue listening and learning about Indigenous culture in my areas, and I hope to meet and work closely with our First Nations people in the future.