NAIDOC Week 2017: Languages Matter

It’s NAIDOC this week and the 2017 theme is Our Languages Matter.  The theme aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Language and its importance is key to the centre of the way in which we work as an Alliance.  It lets us speak about our bodies, our relationships and our lives in ways in which the world can understand.  

With this value at the centre of our work, we have a responsibility to invest in the preservation and renewal of Indigenous languages, of Indigenous culture and a responsibility to invest in the future of our lands and waterways.

We are inextricably linked and this NAIDOC week, the National LGBTI Health Alliance commits to working with our members and our colleagues so that we all can celebrate a better future.

The team at the Alliance have an amazing group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues who work in awe inspiring ways with communities across Australia and the Torres Strait.  This NAIDOC week we celebrate their work and pay our respect to their leaders, past, present and emerging and honour their continuing connection to culture and Country.

Over the next week we will introduce you to some of them and their work.  We invite you to find and connect with them and other organisations who have knowledge about the Country where you work.  Listening and learning from those who know this place.