Always Was, Always Will Be
MND NSW acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters of Australia and the Torres Strait and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
MND NSW acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Country across NSW, ACT and NT on which we work and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We make mention of the Wallumdegal or Wattumatagal people of the Eora Nation, where our head office is located.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been travelling between each other’s nations for millennia, sharing culture and ceremonies.
NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s achievements, resilience, histories, rich cultures - the oldest continuing living culture on the planet for over 65,000 years.
Ways you can join the celebration!
To find out more about NAIDOC week, the committee, history and more please visit the NAIDOC website here.
NAIDOC Week is celebrated by local community events taking place across Australia. Search for an event where you can share in the celebrations HERE
NAIDOC has partnered with Netflix to help highlight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content across the streaming service during NAIDOC Week 2020. Across NAIDOC Week, Netflix will 'share the mic' on Netflix, NITV/SBS, and ABC iView. These include a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, documentaries, and exciting new and live content.
The titles being highlighted during NAIDOC Week include: Sweet Country, Toomelah, Our Law, Goldstone, Top End Wedding, Big Mob Brekky, Going Places with Ernie Dingo, Rabbit-Proof Fence and lots more.
For the full list, please see: NAIDOC Netflix or head to Netflix, SBS or iView.
Welcome to Country
Today, there are more than 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses actively engaged in the delivery of over 1000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences. ‘Welcome to Country’ is your guide to experiencing Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australia and gives you access to accommodation, art and culture, attractions, tours and much more.
Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses creates real positive social, cultural and economic outcomes for artists, families and communities. Booking an experience or buying an ethical product ‘puts money into our pockets and into our communities - we are closing the gap ourselves’ explains Aboriginal artist Mick Harding from Ngarga Warendj Dancing Wombat. To find out more, head to the website.
Map of Indigenous Australia
The AIATSIS map serves as a visual reminder of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia. It was created in 1996 as part of the Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia project and attempts to show language, social or nation groups based on published sources available up to 1994. View the map here.
Gambay: a map of Australia’s first languages
First Languages Australia in partnership with local language centres across Australia have developed an interactive map to display and promote the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. The map, titled Gambay, translates to "together" in the Butchulla language of the Hervey Bay region in Queensland. Gambay showcases over 780 languages and you can view the interactive map here.