Niche’s Cultural Heritage Team Leader in Queensland, Jill Reid, introduces the theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week.
The NAIDOC Week theme this year calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.
Niche has the privilege of working with different Aboriginal communities on a daily basis throughout Queensland. The cultural heritage work that we do provides an opportunity for people to reconnect with Country through cultural heritage surveys, consultation on Country and through the development of management agreements with proponents to actively manage impacts to Country.
Country is inherent to identity. It sustains every aspect of life – spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally. It is more than a place. When Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people talk about Country, it is spoken of like a person. Country is family, kin, law, lore, ceremony, traditions, and language. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples it has been this way since the dawn of time.
Through our work, Niche are regularly honoured to be present for Welcomes to Country, Smoking Ceremonies and End of Project events. These events provide further opportunities for the communities we work with to be on Country and connect with Country and each other.
Find out more about NAIDOC Week 2021: https://www.naidoc.org.au/news/2021-naidoc-week-theme-announced-heal-country
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