The NAIDOC committee asks that all Australians “amplify (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’) voices and narrow the gap between aspiration and reality, good intent and outcome.” Nurse & Midwife Support lends our voice to amplify the NAIDOC goals.
The theme this year is: Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!
The NAIDOC committee explain why they chose this theme:
From the frontier wars and our earliest resistance fighters to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities fighting for change today—we continue to show up.
Now is our time. We cannot afford to lose momentum for change.
We all must continue to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for systemic change and keep rallying around our mob, our Elders, our communities.
Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, Constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism—we must do it together.
The annual National NAIDOC Week Awards ceremony were held on 2 July to recognise the outstanding contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have made to advocate for and improve the lives of people in their communities. Congratulations to this year’s winners, including Person of the Year Ash Barty!