NAIDOC Week 2021 Reflection 

I have been reflecting on the theme for NAIDOC 2021 ‘Heal Country’ and thinking what a task it will be to achieve this, but it is not insurmountable.

It is 100% the right thing to do and with wider community support and good leadership, is certainly possible.

So how are we going to Heal Country, Heal Our Land?

  • Gaining a strong commitment from non-Aboriginal Australia for the truth-telling of our history (as this is a path to Reconciliation with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People)
  • Through strong leadership for change throughout Australia by all parties (by Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, non-Indigenous people, businesses and governments)
  • Having zero tolerance to Racism
  • Giving Aboriginal Australia a strong voice in Parliament
  • Implementing strong special measures for economic advantage for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people as sovereign owners of this land
  • Adopting strong special measures, such as Indigenous Protected Areas to protect Aboriginal land, Aboriginal sacred sites and Aboriginal History and Culture (written on the ground) and making these special places a ‘No Go’ zone for mining, nuclear waste dumps and development
  • Making a strong commitment to climate change with leadership, guidance and authority based on the traditional environmental knowledge of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.

For more information about NAIDOC Week, see https://www.naidoc.org.au

If you’d like to share these thoughts with your team and discuss their ideas, click here to download a couple of PowerPoint slides to help you do this.

Sally Marsh
Business Partner, Aboriginal Workforce

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Baptist Care SA, lives, works and walks on Kaurna, Permangk and Boandik lands. We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the state’s first peoples, recognise their traditional ownership, and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs, deep connection and continued guardianship of land and waters. We value the contributions of Elders past and present, and are committed to learning from those emerging.