It’s NAIDOC week!

Official NAIDOC Week logo with theme 'Heal Country' 4 - 11 July 2021

4 – 11 July 2021 is a week of recognition and celebration. It invites all of us to come together and celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing culture on the planet. We celebrate the courage, the aspirations and the achievements of our First Nations learners, families and staff working across DoE!

This year’s NAIDOC week theme is Heal Country. We pay our respects to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners, families, and staff, and acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the original and continuing custodians of the land where we live, work and learn.

This is also a time to renew our commitment to being learners. We need to connect, celebrate and learn from our First Nations people all year long, not just during NAIDOC Week.

You can start right now by exploring The Orb: our dynamic multimedia Tasmanian Aboriginal Education resource. This quote from the Fire resource that is currently being finalised gives you a taste of what you will find there:

Healing Country is exactly what a dedicated and growing group of palawa fire practitioners are doing across lutruwita/Tasmania.

A generosity of spirit and sense of obligation to educate about and care for Country sees the story of Fire shared in a new multimedia classroom resource for The Orb.

The Fire story is about the relationship between palawa people, fire and Country from the deep past through to the present. At the direction of the fire practitioners, the resource includes the science that reconstructs past environments and reveals the fire regimes that created and maintained safe, predictable, productive environments: healthy Country.

This fire is for a purpose and that purpose is to heal you, it’s your medicine, it’s our medicine, and it’s the medicine of the land.– Jarrod Edwards, palawa fire practitioner

Video clips, animated maps, graphics, images and discussion questions create an engaging multimedia curriculum-aligned resource that provides an authentic way to understand what it means to respond to the call to Heal Country!

Fire will be published in the Living Cultures sphere of The Orb towards the end of Term 3, but there’s plenty of resources online to engage with right now.

Happy NAIDOC Week to our First Nations learners, families, and staff everywhere.