NAIDOC Week (8 July - 15 July 2018)

NAIDOC Week 2018

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme
, ‘Because of Her, We Can’, recognises the significant roles Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - within the local community, as well as in local, state and national levels. They are our Mothers, our Elders, our Grandmothers, our Aunties, our Sisters and our Daughters.

Through the week, 8 July - 15 July, staff, patients and visitors took the opportunity to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, with performances and activities at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) and Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre (HRC). These included a Welcome to Country followed by Aboriginal performers, artists and health information stations with Troy and Shane Bond serving up a range of bush foods to taste such as crocodile, kangaroo, emu and buffalo meats alongside Damper with wild bush spreads.

Thank you to everyone who attended these events to celebrate and show support to our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Thank you also to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison (ATSIL) Unit for their coordination.

National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June 2018)

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week
(NRW) has been held in Australia every year between May 27 and June 3 since 1996. It provides the opportunity for all Australians to reflect on the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

The theme for NRW 2018 is Don't Keep History a Mystery.

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated to commemorate two significant dates in Australia's reconciliation history:

  • 27 May: This date marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum that saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to recognise them in the National census.
  • 3 June: On this date in 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered the landmark Mabo decision. This decision recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a special relationship with the land - rights that existed before the British arrived and can still exist today, thus leading to land rights known as Native Title.