NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week is held in the first full week of July each year. This year, celebrations will be held around Australia from 7-14 July 2019 to acknowledge 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 ‘VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH.’ acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy. Voice. Treaty. Truth. were three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians who invite all of us to ‘walk with [them] in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.’ Read more here
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.
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.