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NAIDOC Week 2019

We are in the midst of NAIDOC Week, 7 - 14 July, with celebrations being held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
The theme for this year's NAIDOC Week is 'Voice. Treaty. Truth.' This theme acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has released an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday 2019 Pastoral Letter. In the letter, the Bishops state:
"There is such a vast history of deep spirituality in our First Nations People in Australia. Pope John Paul II in his famous message which he gave in the Australian heartland when he addressed the Aboriginal peoples, stated that the Catholic Church will be lacking in its full expression if it does not embrace the spirituality of our Aboriginal people.The embracing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spirituality within the wider Catholic spirituality is deeply enriching.We need to walk alongside our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as they reach for ways of deepening their spiritual life. All can benefit with such walking together." 
Read the full letter, here, and find NAIDOC Week events and resources, here.

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