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Official NAIDOC Week Poster

NAIDOC Week (7 July – 14 July) is an opportunity to acknowledge and honour the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Originating from the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC), this years theme is “Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud”, honouring the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture.

Within the Church, we also observe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday (July 7). This day provides an opportunity for Catholic communities to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and spiritual traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It encourages congregations to reflect on the contributions and resilience of Indigenous communities and to pray for their well-being and advancement. This observance underscores the importance of integrating Indigenous perspectives and voices within the fabric of the Church’s life and mission.

The importance of reconciliation in Australia is profound, aiming to repair and strengthen the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Reconciliation involves acknowledging past injustices, addressing current inequalities, and fostering mutual respect and understanding. It is essential for creating a cohesive society where the rights, cultures, and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are recognized and valued. Efforts toward reconciliation are not only about addressing historical wrongs but also about ensuring equitable opportunities and outcomes for Indigenous Australians in all aspects of life.

For the Catholic Church in Australia, reconciliation is deeply tied to its mission of social justice and inclusivity. The 2023-2024 Social Justice Statement “Listen, Learn, Love: A New Engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples” outlined the significant part the Church has to play in the reconciliation process through advocating for the rights and dignity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This includes supporting initiatives that promote healing, cultural preservation, and empowerment. By embracing reconciliation, the Church can contribute to a more just and compassionate society, aligning its actions with the principles of love, respect, and solidarity that are central to its teachings.

You can find more information about NAIDOC Week resources and events at

NATSICC has produced a resource kit for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday which you can access at