NAIDOC Week - Heal Country

Renae-Canteen

NAIDOC WEEK - Heal Country

It's NAIDOC week!

"This year, the 2021 NAIDOC Week theme is 'Heal Country!' which recognises the significance of the land and calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage."

We would like to acknowledge the traditions custodians of the lands on which we all meet on today, and pay our deepest respects to elders past present and emerging. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

A bit about the artwork for this years NAIDOC week:

Maggie-Jean Douglas - a Gubbi Gubbi artist from South East Queensland - is the winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC poster competition for 2021.

It is called, Care For Country and was chosen from 260 entries in the national competition.

“When creating Care for Country I kept in mind that this meant spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and culturally.”

“I’ve included 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,“

“My cultural heritage is something I’m extremely proud of and to be able to express myself through this medium means a lot to me. Telling my own stories and the stories of others is something I find deeply valuable because of the impact it can have.”

What will you and your family be doing to celebrate NAIDOC week this year? - Connect Counsellors.