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Heal Country! Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2021

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Heal Country! Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2021

Lander & Rogers pays respect to Elders past and present.

We have offices on Djubuguli, Gadigal, Jagera, Meanjin and Wurundjeri, Naarm country - land where sovereignty was not ceded.

We continue to play our part towards effective reconciliation.

This week, 4-11 July 2021, people come together across Australia to celebrate the stories, cultures and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The theme for NAIDOC Week this year is Heal Country! – a call for greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage.

It invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.

Empowering our First Nations people

Four years ago, the Uluru Statement from the Heart invited all Australians to come together in a national dialogue to positively shape our shared future. In our joint response, Lander & Rogers reconfirmed its commitment to walk together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as we take steps toward reconciliation.

Constitutional change

In April this year, Lander & Rogers made a submission to the Interim Report to the Australian Government as part of the Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process. Our submission supports the constitutional enshrinement of a First Nations Voice to Parliament, as called for in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

We are committed to promoting reconciliation and contributing to Australia’s effort to recognise, understand and repair the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the wider Australian community, an effort that is grounded in listening to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and accepting the truth of our nation's history.

We feel strongly that constitutional recognition will reflect a serious commitment to listen to the Indigenous Voice and is a vital step to empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Our partners

We are privileged to partner with organisations that allow us to build strong relationships with Indigenous communities, enriching our knowledge and understanding as we work together to create meaningful change.

The following organisations are leading important initiatives to address disadvantage, promote respect and create opportunities for the communities they serve.

Indigital

This year we welcomed Indigital to our LawTech Hub. Indigital is Australia’s first Indigenous EdTech specialising in technology development and digital skills training.

Their mission is to close the digital divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, by providing a meaningful pathway for Indigenous people into the digital economy and the creation of future technologies.

One of many training programs, Indigital has created a program that teaches kids how to bring Indigenous cultural knowledge, history and language to life though augmented reality, Minecraft and Python coding.

"Together, we can use digital technologies to express 80,000 years of human knowledge for generations to come." - Indigital.

Djirra

Since 2002, Djirra has been providing culturally safe support, assistance and representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are experiencing, or have experienced, family violence and sexual assault. Services include cultural and wellbeing workshops as well as women's programs. Together with Family Violence Prevention Legal Services across Australia, Djirra are an important link for First Nations women. We're proud that by working together, we are able to support victims of family violence in rebuilding their lives and setting strong foundations for their families' future.

Warmun Art Centre

Warmun Art Centre was founded 23 years ago as part of a contemporary artists' movement in the remote Warmun community in Western Australia's Kimberley region. Now, it's a thriving gallery and community centre that celebrates and promotes the art, language and culture of Gija people.

Since partnering with Warmun Art Centre in 2013, we've worked closely with the Warmun community, spending time with the artists during biannual visits to the Centre and learning about Gija cultural values and the land to which the community is connected. When COVID-19 forced Warmun Art Centre to close to the public last year, we advised them on how to continue their sales online. They are now one of the most successful remote art centres selling works online – while bringing their art to a wider national and international audience.

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