This NAIDOC Week (8-15 July) Vinnies has joined the wider community in celebrating the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Because of Her, We Can!
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2018, Because of Her, We Can! reflects on the achievements of those women fought and continue to fight, for justice and equal rights for our nation’s First People’s.
The organisers of NAIDOC Week have acknowledged that ‘…sadly, Indigenous women’s role in our cultural, social and political survival has often been invisible, unsung or diminished.
‘For at least 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have carried our dreaming stories, songlines, languages and knowledge that have kept our culture strong and enriched us as the oldest continuing culture on the planet.
‘They often did so while caring for our families, maintaining our homes and breaking down cultural and institutionalised barriers and gender stereotypes.’
They were pioneering women like Barangaroo, Truganini, Gladys Elphick, Fannie Cochrane-Smith, Evelyn Scott, Pearl Gibbs, Oodgeroo Noonuccal and today, they are trailblazers like Joyce Clague, Yalmay Yunupingu, Barbara Shaw, June Oscar, Linda Burney and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks – to name but a few.
What Vinnies does
Vinnies is proud to engage in programs and advocacy campaigns in solidarity with the social justice struggles of our First Nation's sisters and brothers. Visit the Our Impact section of this website to find out more about this work.
Our National Indigenous Immersion Program celebrates its 17th anniversary in 2017, and is one example of the strong relationships that can be forged between the Society and Indigenous communities. The annual two-week long program takes place in the Indigenous community of Nganmarriyanga (Palumpa), in the far north-west of the Northern Territory.
In 2017, Vinnies welcomed the Uluru Statement from the Heart from the First Nations National Constitutional Convention in Uluru. We have called on the Australian Parliament to make this a national priority.
What you can do
- ‘Like’ posts about NAIDOC Week on social media and use the #BecauseOfHerWeCan and #NAIDOCWeek2018 hashtags on Twitter.
- Find out more about NAIDOC Week and events visit http://www.naidoc.org.au/
- To read the Uluru Statement from the Heart from the First Nations National Constitutional Convention in Uluru, visit https://www.referendumcouncil.org.au/event/uluru-statement-from-the-heart
- Get involved with the St Vincent de Paul Society by becoming a volunteer or member.