By Johanna Birgersson
Executive General Manager Human Resources
On behalf of Cleanaway’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge NAIDOC Week originally scheduled for 5 – 12 July. As announced by the National NAIDOC Committee, NAIDOC celebrations will be held between 8 – 15 November to protect the community from any potential COVID-19 impact.
NAIDOC Week traditionally starts on the first Sunday in July with festivities continuing until the following Sunday. The acronym NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. It has its roots in the 1938 Day of Mourning that eventually become a week-long event in 1975.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held every year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
Cleanaway supports NAIDOC Week through our participation in opening ceremonies, morning teas with cultural activities and presentations, and onsite local Traditional Owner performances. We are also proud platinum sponsors of NAIDOC Perth with financial and in-kind volunteering support for all events held during the week.
Learn more about our participation in previous NAIDOC events here and here.
Pictured: Last year’s NAIDOC celebrations at Eastern Creek.
This year’s theme is Always Was, Always Will Be.
It recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. It’s about seeing, hearing and learning about the First Nations’ 65,000 plus year history – which is Australian history.
Pictured: 2020 National NAIDOC Poster
Tyrown Waigana, a Perth based artist and designer, has been named as this year’s winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC Poster Competition.
Shape of Land – depicts the Rainbow Serpent coming out of the Dreamtime to create this country and how we are strongly connected to it.
Tyrown Waigana is a proud Noongar and Saibai Islander.
To learn more, visit https://www.naidoc.org.au/
We look forward to sharing some of the activities that will take place in July and later in the year.