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.
Gurumba bigi! (G'day - Yuggera - Meanjin (Brisbane Region))
This week we celebrate NAIDOC 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 recognises the history of - Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! It encourages us to explore ways in which past generations have taken action, and encourages us to stand alongside as advocates, and allies in the present and the future. We must call upon each other and come together to narrow the gap between aspiration and reality, whether it's for seeking proper environmental, cultural, and heritage protections, constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism - we must do it together!
We come together to celebrate and remember those who have driven and led change, equal rights, human rights, and freedoms in our communities. It reminds us that the relationship between between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians must be based on justice, equity, and the recognition of these rights.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy – the longest site of Indigenous protest in the world. It is also the 30th Anniversary of the High Court of Australia’s decision in Mabo v Queensland (No 2), a hard-fought milestone which recognised the land rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.
While so much has changed, there is still much to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for and we need to genuinely come together to heal the past and move towards real action, real change, and an equitable future for all.
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.
- Do something from The Ultimate List
- Read up on history
- Read up on more history
- Watch on SBS and NITV
- View more about the Artist of Stronger, Ryhia Dank: here
- View more of the Artist Ryhia's storywork: here
- Learn about NAIDOC Week through the official NAIDOC website.
- Learn about Close The Gap
- Learn about the Turrbal people, Traditional Owners and Custodians of Brisbane
- Learn about Acknowledging Country
- Learn how to be an ally here