NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The theme for this year is 'Our Languages Matter', focussing on the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages while aiming 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.
Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered this continent when the first European contact occurred in the late eighteenth century. Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.
National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair Anne Martin said each language is associated with an area of land and has a deep spiritual significance and it is through their own languages that Indigenous nations maintain their connection with their ancestors, land and law.
As part of national NAIDOC celebrations, Orange Health Service will be hosting a flag raising ceremony on Monday 3 July starting at 10am at the front of the hospital. Community members are warmly invited to attend on the day.
Due to the colder weather experienced in July in Orange, the Orange community hold off officially celebrating NAIDOC week until mid-November. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
As an organisation, improving Aboriginal Health is a priority for the Western NSW Local Health District. Further information on this can be found on our website https://wnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/our-organisation/our-initiatives/improving-aboriginal-health.
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