With Naidoc Week taking place this week I thought it was great timing for me to write a quick post to share about my learning. NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia in July each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
The second terrible thing I learnt is that Aboriginal health standards in Australia are now so low that almost half of Aboriginal men and over a third of women die before they turn 45.Tragic unspoken reality of a first world country. Did you know that according to the United Nations, the quality of life of Aboriginal people is the second worst of the planet—only China rates worse.
It is time to close the gap and to go forward. Together. Open your mind and your heart and contribute to reconciliation by challenging racist behaviours within your own community.
1, 2, 4. naidoc.org.au
3. NSW Aboriginal Land Council