This week in Australia is National NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC week is held in the first week of July each year to celebrate and recognise the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Our office in Naarm (Melbourne) is located on Yalukut Weelam (Port Melbourne), the land of the Boon Wurrung people. The Yalukit Willam was the northern-most clan of the Boon Wurrung. They were recorded occupying the coastal strip on the top of the Bay from St Kilda to the Werribee River including Williamstown, Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and Prahran. Yalukut Weelam means 'river home' or 'people of the river'. I'd like to pay our respect to their Elders, both past and present.
We acknowledge and uphold their continuing relationship to this land. Sovereignty has never been ceded. It always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.
Please read more about NAIDOC week here: https://www.naidoc.org.au/about/history
Identify the traditional land you reside on here: https://aiatsis.gov.au/explore/map-indigenous-australia
Image: Saltwater Dreaming (detail) by Heather Kennedy, 2019