NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week is held in the first full week of July each year. NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia in July every year to celebrate the history, cultural heritage, achievements, hopes and dreams of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
NAIDOC Week each year has a theme.This year’s theme ‘Because of her, We Can’ celebrates the essential role that women have played – and continue to play – as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels..
NAIDOC Week is a good week to remember with gratitude the Sisters of St John of God partnership with the Aboriginal people of Australia, a relationship which spans 110 years, beginning with the arrival of nine Sisters in Beagle Bay Mission. The story of the early years has been told in the film Sisters, Pearls & Mission Girls. We are particularly conscious at this time of the passing in May of Sr Veronica McCarthy who spent 65 years in ministry with the people of the Kimberley region in Western Australia.
Today the Sisters continue this friendship in services with the people of the Kimberley Region. Learn more of our story by visiting the St John of God Heritage Centre, Broome online or in person.
St John of God Health Care is committed to understanding Aboriginal culture through its Reconciliation plan.