Encouraging Australians to come together and acknowledge the past – in particular our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, is at the centre of the NADC’s efforts to ensure our national day is one that is inclusive of the stories and histories of all Australians.
The Australia Day Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Acknowledgement Project is designed to encourage Councils and local Aboriginal Communities to work together in participating in meaningful, reflective, and respectful Australia Day events.
Following the success of the 2020 pilot program, the focus moving forward is to see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Acknowledgement ceremonies held across the country on Australia Day.
The objective of the Australia Day Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Acknowledgment project is to:
- Encourage councils nationally to proactively engage with local indigenous groups to hold inclusive events on Australia Day.
- Encourage councils and community groups to further engage with local Aboriginal communities to reflect on our indigenous history and culture.
- Encourage everyone to reflect on and respect the contributions of all Australians.
- To foster constructive, respectful discussion about the contributions of all Australians past, present and future.