This NAIDOC Week (7-14 July) Vinnies has joined the wider community in celebrating the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made – and continue to make - to our communities, and our rich history and to our nation.

This year's theme Voice. Treaty. Truth. were three key elements to reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. 

The St Vincent de Paul Society understands what it means to walk alongside our First Nation brothers and sisters. Our members and employees continue our commitment to listening and learning from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as together we continue to journey towards reconciliation.

We acknowledge the Prime Minister’s recent decision to establish the National Indigenous Australians Agency. Our hope is that this new initiative will bring about a better joined up approach involving local Indigenous communities and all levels of government to deliver better outcomes. And, we are encouraged by the Government’s commitment to work with Indigenous leaders in the Labor Party to achieve bipartisan support to explore solutions that address the disadvantages faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals. 

In 2017, Vinnies welcomed the Uluru Statement from the Heart from the First Nations National Constitutional Convention in Uluru. We encourage the Australian Parliament to address the Uluru Statement as a national priority.

What you can do

  • Get involved in your local NAIDOC Week events, to find out more visit the NAIDOC Week website.
  • Get involved in the conversation on social media by following or using #NAIDOC2019

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 Our Impact to find out more about this work.

The Vinnies National Indigenous Immersion Program celebrates its 19th anniversary in 2019, 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.