Greater Dandenong City Council is celebrating NAIDOC Week and will light up the Drum Theatre to show its support. Council is committed through its Reconciliation Action Plan to promoting the importance of culture and empowering individuals and the community and is currently undertaking a feasibility study for a First Nations Gathering Place in our city.
The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for everyone to continue to seek greater protections for First Nations lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.
NAIDOC 2021 invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.
This year’s theme also seeks substantive institutional, structural, and collaborative reform – something generations of Elders and communities have been advocating, marching and fighting for.
Healing Country means finally resolving many of the outstanding injustices which impact on the lives of First Nations people.
It is about hearing and actioning the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples which are the culmination of generations of consultation and discussions among our nations on a range of issues and grievances.
We cannot afford to let pass the very real opportunity that now presents itself for reform based on a fundamental change in the relationship Australia has with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Heal Country, heal our nation.
NAIDOC Week 2021 will be held from Sunday 4 July to Sunday 11 July.
Each year NAIDOC week grows in stature and depth of celebrations at community, state and national level.
It is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.
For further information on the NAIDOC 2021 theme please visit: 2021 theme.