From 2nd – 9th July, we join the nation in celebrating NAIDOC Week— recognising and honouring the rich history, diverse cultures, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

At Concern Australia, we are committed to fostering inclusivity and understanding. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we work, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present.

We recognise the importance of ongoing learning and growth. We are dedicated to continually educating ourselves and deepening our understanding of Indigenous cultures and histories. Through this commitment, we aim to become more inclusive and culturally responsive, ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples feel valued and respected within our organisation and services.

We are proud to share that Concern Australia has recently become an Associate Member of SNAICC—the national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. With them, we believe that all children and young people deserve to thrive and fulfil their potential as well as grow up healthy, happy and safe.

As we celebrate NAIDOC Week, we invite you to join us in embracing the theme of “For Our Elders”. This theme reminds us of the important role that Aboriginal Elders have in passing on traditions, customs, and beliefs of Aboriginal peoples. It also recognises the great pain and suffering that Aboriginal Elders have experienced. The NAIDOC website states, “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.”

We are grateful for the opportunity to learn, collaborate, and celebrate Indigenous cultures. Together, we can foster a society that embraces diversity, respects traditions, and creates equal opportunities for all Australians.

Wishing you a meaningful NAIDOC Week filled with cultural richness and the spirit of reconciliation.

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