Celebrating the importance, richness and resilience of indigenous language is the theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week and also an important reminder of the need for continued, concerted efforts towards reconciliation.
NAIDOC Week is an important celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples. ‘Our Languages Matter’ will focus celebrations on the important role languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of history, spirituality and rites.
I acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation which has invested heavily in the research and revival of Aboriginal languages.
Using palawa kani, the revived Tasmanian Aboriginal language, 13 geographical features and places have now been given traditional language names including Hobart’s mountain kunanyi/Mount Wellington.
The Liberal Government has deep respect for Tasmania’s first people and honours and acknowledges them as traditional custodians of their lands in the Tasmanian Constitution.
Throughout NAIDOC Week (2-9 July) the Aboriginal Community is hosting numerous activities and events including flag raisings, music concerts, community lunches and cultural activities. For more information visit www.naidoc.org.au/events-calendar
Will Hodgman, Premier