Friday, 03 July 2015

Commissioner's statement - NAIDOC Week 2015

As NAIDOC week 2015 gets under way, the Commission acknowledges the strong spiritual and cultural connection Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have with the land and sea and we continue to pay our respect elders past and present.

This year’s theme is We All Stand On Sacred Ground, which is a reminder that we have a shared responsibility, not just for the land and maintaining the traditions connected to it, but also as joint stakeholders in the future.

NAIDOC week is a time to reflect that we all have a responsibility to learn about, respect and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history and to fully appreciate the contributions that Aboriginal peoples have made in shaping our own culture and history. We are privileged to have this history.

At the Commission, we remain committed to addressing the discrimination and racism experienced by the diverse Victorian Aboriginal communities, and to promote the distinct cultural rights of Aboriginal people set out in the Charter of Human Rights. We are striving to working in partnership with Aboriginal communities to ensure that we fully represent their needs and aspirations.

At the Commission, we acknowledge that we all stand on sacred ground, and we encourage everyone to take part in the celebrations that will bring this pledge to life.

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