NAIDOC held on the 4th-11th July 2021
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.
Each year, there is a different focus city for the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony all recipients are selected by the National NAIDOC Committee. Also held is the NAIDOC National Poster Competition. Each year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists aged 13 years or older are invited to submit an entry to the National NAIDOC 2021 Poster Competition. The winning artwork is recognised across the country on the 2021 National NAIDOC poster. The iconic NAIDOC poster has been celebrating and promoting NAIDOC Week since the late 1960s and rose to national prominence in the 1970s with the establishment of the Indigenous rights movement. Out of 260 entries Nationally the 2021 is Maggie-Jean Douglas a Gubbi Gubbi Artist from Goreng Goreng Country in SE Queensland
“When creating Care for Country I kept in mind that this meant spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and culturally”. “I chose to create a bright and vibrant artwork that included the different colours of the land but showed how they come together in our beautiful country and to make people feel hopeful for the future.” “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.”
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) is the peak advisory body to the Australian Catholic Bishops on issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministry. The council was founded in 1992 and the Secretariat is based in Adelaide. The Council meets monthly via teleconference and twice yearly on a face-to-face basis.
The logo of NATSICC depicts a Willy Willy, the wind force as a symbol of God’s spirit in the centre. At the top are concentric circles as symbols of God and life while at the base are depictions of men and women receiving the Holy Spirit. The logo was designed by Olive Boddington from Western Australia.
NATSICC Heal Country Poster for 2021 uses tiles that were painted by delegates at the 2018 NATSICC Assembly in Perth. Each tile represents a visual representation of Catholic Faith and Culture working together.