In the spirit of reconciliation, Wombat Brain acknowledges the Turrbal and Jagera people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we predominately operate, along with the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their continued connections to land, water, culture, and community. We pay our respect to their elders past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
(Current theme (2023) NAIDOC. source)
Gurumba bigi! (G'day - Yuggera - Meanjin (Brisbane Region))
This week NAIDOC is celebrated around the country, we come together each year to celebrate and learn more of the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This years NAIDOC theme, for our elders, celebrates First Nations elders who are highly regarded and respected people in Australia. Elders pass on knowledge, culture, language, lived experiences, wisdom, and beliefs to future generations.
Across every generation, our Elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in our communities and families.
Critical to thriving First Nations communities, Elders are prominent members being trailblazers, nurturers, teachers, leaders, and of course precious loved ones. The legacies and stories from past generational Elders continue to guide present and emerging generations, this wisdom is a source of strength for First Nations peoples and deep mindful listening is crucial in order to apply this wisdom in everyday life.
When the time is right to pass it on, Elders are generous when it comes to teaching and sharing this knowledge and wisdom. We can all take the time to learn and understand cultural protocols as a mark of respect For Our Elders.
(The Official 2023 NAIDOC Poster by artist Bobbi Lockyer.
Ways to engage with and celebrate the history and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week and beyond:
- Print your copy of the poster: here.
- Listen to podcasts or music by First Nations artists and creatives.
- Read a book by a First Nations author.
- Read up on history
- Read up on more history
- Watch on SBS and NITV
- View more about the Artist of For Our Elders, Bobbi Lockyer: here
- View more of the Artist Bobbi's work: here
- Learn about NAIDOC Week through the official NAIDOC website.
- Learn about the Turrbal people, Traditional Owners and Custodians of Brisbane
- Learn about Acknowledging Country