‘Because of Her, We Can’ is the theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week (8-15 July) which recognises the significant roles Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women play in our communities.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are community leaders, trailblazers, policy campaigners, activists and social change agents who advocate and fight for social justice across Australia.
NAIDOC Week is a chance for us all to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people.
The Tasmanian Aboriginal community will celebrate NAIDOC Week through numerous community activities and events around the State such as flag raisings, art exhibitions, community lunches, cultural activities, and ‘on country’ excursions.
NAIDOC Week is also an important reminder of the need for continued, concerted efforts towards reconciliation.
For over 40,000 years in Tasmania, Aboriginal women have carried their dreaming stories, songlines, languages and knowledge that have helped keep their culture strong and enriched their story as the oldest continuing culture on the planet.
While we are seeing progress in the wider community regarding respect and awareness for aboriginal people, their culture and their history, there is still more to be done.
Aboriginal women especially can face barriers to equality, and the Hodgman Liberal Government will continue to work to reset the relationship so that Aboriginal women have equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to, Tasmania’s social, political, economic and cultural life.
Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs