This year, NAIDOC Week is held from Sunday 4 July to Sunday 11 July.
Since the formalisation of Glad Group’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in June 2019, we are working collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to realise the vision of a society in which everyone has equal opportunity to participate, and is respected and accepted.
Each year, we bring our people together and pay tribute to NAIDOC Week, raising awareness on its significance and providing an environment free of judgement for our teams.
2021 NAIDOC theme
The NAIDOC 2021 theme is ‘Heal Country!’ and calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites, and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.
NAIDOC 2021 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.
This year, we also would like to highlight Gubbi Gubbi artist, Maggie-Jean Douglas. Maggie-Jean created the 2021 National NAIDOC poster, using the theme, Heal Country!, as inspiration.
Her painting, ‘Care for Country’, is a bright and vibrant artwork which explores how Country has cared for, and healed, First Nations people spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and culturally.
How do we support Indigenous communities?
Glad Group believes it is essential to support and enrich the Indigenous communities in which we operate. Through our people and our partnerships, we aim to promote equality for all Australians. We recognise that this is not the reality for many Indigenous Australians, who face significant social, economic, and financial disadvantages. This responds to this year’s theme; resolving many of the outstanding injustices which impact the lives of our people. We are proud to be a part of a significant community of organisations with a focus on reconciliation.
We want to be part of ‘Heal Country!’ and will keep seeking ways to collaborate and amplify our existing actions. We do this in partnership with our customers and suppliers, through our employment practices and procurement choices.
We invite you to visit NAIDOC’s website to learn more about the significance of NAIDOC Week: https://www.naidoc.org.au/