NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week each July to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) peoples.
NAIDOC invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.
The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.
NAIDOC Week 2021 will be held from Sunday 4 July to Sunday 11 July.
HOPE will be celebrating NAIDOC Week across Western Australia and for those of you based in the Metro area who would like to come and join in the events planned in the region – HOPE will be at the following events (COVID-19 restrictions dependent):
Tomorrow is the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
This year’s theme is “Share Facts on Drugs, Save Lives.”
The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT), or World Drug Day, is marked on 26th June every year, to strengthen action and cooperation in achieving the goal of a world free of drug abuse.
The IDADAIT celebration serves as a reiteration of the commitment to our goal of freeing society from the significant negative life impacts of drug abuse and illicit trafficking. This year’s theme, “Share facts on drugs, save lives,” emphasizes the importance of combating disinformation campaigns about illegal drugs that can harm the public.
As this is a problem that requires a whole-of-nation approach to address, the theme is a relevant and vital call to action to mitigate the negative impact of false information, bolster the public’s knowledge to make them less susceptible to exploitation, and intensify resilience against the numerous myths and inaccuracies surrounding illegal drugs.
To find out more please visit: https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/drugs/index-new.html
Refugee Week starts tomorrow and runs until Saturday June 26th, 2021.
Refugee Week is a fantastic opportunity to discover and celebrate the contributions which refugees bring to Australia. It’s also a time when all Australians are encouraged to educate themselves about the issues that affect refugees and listen to the stories of those seeking asylum.
Overall, Refugee Week is a global movement that demands the safety and rights of refugees be protected.
Refugee Week sees lots of events and activities take place to help celebrate this important event. All over Australia, audiences gather to enjoy rich and relevant stories being shared through mediums such as film, theatre, art, dance, and music. This gives communities the chance to celebrate refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people as valued members of Australian society.
There are many challenges that refugees face when coming to Australia, and this event is the perfect time to talk about them. It’s a valuable time for communities to reflect on issues that threaten the rights and safety of refugees and reflect on what we can do to support them. The goal is to create a welcoming environment and do something positive to celebrate the richness and diversity that refugees bring to Australian culture.
The 2021 Theme is Unity. Unity – The way forward.
The volatility of life in recent times has shown us unequivocally that we need to work together often merely to survive, let alone to thrive and progress. Let’s take the opportunity to start afresh and rebuild our lives together. To count our blessings and to put them to work. Existing and emerging communities. Working together.
In 2021, we are calling on you to help build a more cohesive community during Refugee Week. Whether hosting a local meal, a community event or attending an online event to hear from people all over the world, join us as we call for the spirit of unity as we recover from the isolation we have all endured in 2020.
Resources Resource Kit We have created a resource kit with all the information you need to educate yourself on the importance of Refugee Week and learn more about how to get involved. RCOA Resource Kit Refugee Week 2021Download 2 weeks ago