CFA’s Cultural Heritage Adviser Michael Sherwen
National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week celebrations are held across Australia each year to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
NAIDOC week officially starts on Sunday 4 July and runs until 11 July.
CFA’s Cultural Heritage Adviser Michael Sherwen celebrated the start of the week and encourages all Australians to show their support.
“Today marks the start of NAIDOC week, which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ connection, culture and achievements,” Michael said.
“This week’s theme is healing country and CFA will be sharing a number of stories during the week that focus on Indigenous fire management and connection with country.
“I’d like to encourage members and the general public to learn and interact with Australia’s history and I’d also like to say happy NAIDOC week. Let’s enjoy this year’s theme and events.
This year’s theme, heal country, calls for all Australians to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.
Chief Officer Jason Heffernan promoted the week and encouraged members to connect with the history of Australia.
“Through our shared culture of fire, we can bring our Aboriginal communities and CFA closer together to really focus on understanding culture, inclusion and community connections,” he said.
“Let us use this week to celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.”
The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.
Find out more information head to the official NAIDOC week website.
For assistance contact the Inclusion and Fairness Team.