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NAIDOC Week 2023

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03 July 2023

National NAIDOC Week is an annual celebration across Australia, held in the first week of July (Sunday to Sunday). Originally named for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, this week-long event is a time to acknowledge and appreciate the rich history, culture, and accomplishments of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 NAIDOC Week presents an opportunity for all Australians to learn about the First Nations cultures and histories, and participate in the celebrations of the world's oldest continuous living cultures. Throughout the country, a range of activities and events are held that allow you to support and connect with your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities. We call on all Australians to join us in celebrating the vibrant and diverse cultures that make Australia unique.

The 2023 National NAIDOC Week theme is For Our Elders. 
Across every generation, our Elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in our communities and families. 
They are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers and our loved ones. 
Our loved ones who pick us up in our low moments and celebrate us in our high ones. Who cook us a feed to comfort us and pull us into line, when we need them too.  
They guide our generations and pave the way for us to take the paths we can take today. Guidance, not only through generations of advocacy and activism, but in everyday life and how to place ourselves in the world.  

We draw strength from their knowledge and experience, in everything from land management, cultural knowledge to justice and human rights. Across multiple sectors like health, education, the arts, politics and everything in between, they have set the many courses we follow. 
The struggles of our Elders help to move us forward today. The equality we continue to fight for is found in their fight. Their tenacity and strength has carried the survival of our people. 

It is their influence and through their learnings that we must ensure that when it comes to future decision making for our people, there is nothing about us - without us. 

We pay our respects to the Elders we’ve lost and to those who continue fighting for us across all our Nations and we pay homage to them.