Link Housing looks forward to celebrating NAIDOC Week with this year’s theme: “Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future”, between 7 and 14 July.
The theme derives from “Voice. Treaty. Truth.” being the three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians.
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme also ties in with 2019 being the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. So, it’s time for Indigenous knowledge to be heard – through voice.
NAIDOC Week, held each July, celebrates and acknowledges the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia. The occasion is also a great opportunity for all Australians to recognise and find out more about the Indigenous history and culture of the communities in which they live.
Link Housing acknowledges that observing NAIDOC Week is important because as an organisation, we believe in the need for all Australians to have a greater cultural awareness and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We also have staff and many residents whom are Indigenous. Our staff will celebrate NAIDOC Week through various cultural activities, such as an art workshop with respected Aboriginal artist Bibi Barba, whom we will collaborate with on an artwork; and viewing documentaries about inspirational Indigenous Australians.
Recently, Link Housing began embarking on our own journey of establishing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to provide a framework for our organisation to support the national reconciliation movement. Have a look at our journey here.
We invite you to attend the many free NAIDOC Week events in your community: