National NAIDOC Week 2021 will be held this week from 4-11 July 2021. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2021 is ‘Heal Country’. Healing Country means embracing First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage. It recognises that the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders are respected equally to and the cultures and values of all Australians.
The 2021 National NAIDOC Poster, ‘Care for Country’ was designed by Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas.
Using the 2021 NAIDOC Week theme, Heal Country, as inspiration, ‘Care for Country’ is a bright and vibrant artwork which explores how Country has cared for and healed First Nations people spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and culturally.
The artwork includes communities, people, animals and bush medicines spread over different landscapes of red dirt, green grass, bush land and coastal areas to tell the story of the many ways Country can and has healed us throughout our lives and journeys.
For more information about NAIDOC Week and its themes, including logos for Zoom backgrounds, email signatures and other resources, see the NAIDOC website.
QUT Centre for Justice will be celebrating NAIDOC Week by profiling the diverse and fascinating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island research we are working on. Keep an eye out.