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  • Writer's pictureMichi Marosszeky

National NAIDOC Week 2023: "For Our Elders"

Every year during the first week of July celebrations occur across the country to recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. National NAIDOC Week, which this year is held from 2 - 9 July, is just one opportunity throughout the year to tune into First Nations’ voices. This year’s theme is ‘For Our Elders’, which compels us to think about how our actions can emulate the wishes of older generations.

For Australia’s First Peoples, Elders are “cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers and loved ones.” The aim of this year’s National NAIDOC Week is to honour the sacrifices that Elders have made on behalf of current generations. If you want to get involved in local events, why not check out these First Nations Art & Culture Events in Sydney, or this Flag Raising Ceremony in Melbourne?

Image still from Stories from Within: Keenan

Here at Woven Threads we are committed to uplifting Indigenous voices. Series 2, Stories from Within features a story about Keenan, a proud First Nations man who shared his mental health journey with us. Currently, we are in pre-production for Series 2, Stories from Country, which will focus exclusively on the diversity of Indigenous experiences. We are so grateful for the invaluable relationships we have formed with our Indigenous crew members and series participants, and continue to learn from them every day.

Enjoy this year’s National NAIDOC Week!

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