NAIDOC Week – 2013

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It’s NAIDOC Week and an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s theme is the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to Federal Parliament – a significant catalyst in the history of land rights and constitutional reform for Indigenous Australians.

The bark petitions, signed by 13 clan leaders of the Yolngu region of the Northern Territory in response to bauxite mining in Arnhem Land, were the first traditional documents formally accepted by Parliament.  According to the NAIDOC Committee, “the foresight, strength and determination of the Yolngu people” is recognised by this year’s choice of the NAIDOC week theme.

Here are some suggestions about how to get into the spirit of NAIDOC Week:

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