NAIDOC Week 2021 runs 4-11 July.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July 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.
History of NAIDOC
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.
Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week.
NAIDOC 2021 Theme – 'Heal Country!'
Each year, a theme is chosen to reflect the important issues and events for NAIDOC Week.
The 2021 theme is 'Heal Country!'
Heal Country! – calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.
What does Country mean to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
'Country' has special meaning for Aboriginal people. 'Country' includes all living things. It takes in everything within the landscape - landforms, waters, air, trees, rocks, plants, animals, and it incorporates people.
These are 3 Aboriginal Lores that show us how we can each care for our Country...
- What is good for the land, must come first.
- Do not touch or take anything, that does not belong to you.
- If you have plenty, you must give and share.
Australian Made Brands Embracing Inclusion & Caring For Country
Remarkable Humans proudly works with these brands that make products in Australia, in partnership with traditional indigenous land-owners and artists. Embracing inclusion of all people is part of their DNA.
Rohr Remedy, founded by Emily Rohr, is an Australian made natural skincare brand whose products are created from rare Australian medicinal botanicals and combined with dermatological science.
Australian Native Plants – Ingredients & Bush Food
Prized by Indigenous Australians for centuries for their medicinal and nutritional value, unique Australian Native ingredients feature in every Rohr Remedy product – from Boab, to Desert Lime, Fragonia, Gumbi Gumbi, Honey Myrtle, Kakadu Plum, Kunzea, Lilly Pilly, Quandong and Rosalina.
After many decades of work by private enterprise and government programs, the commercialisation of these ingredients is growing, as are collaborations, partnerships and sharing of knowledge with Indigenous Australians.
Today, you’ll see these Bush Tucker ingredient featured in an array of Australian products ranging from cosmetics, to food and drinks. Thanks to advancements in harvesting and processing methods, high potency extractions are full of the nutritional goodness inherent in these native plants.
For the cosmetics industry, it has certainly embraced the many skin benefits found in traditional ingredients ranging from anti-ageing properties to anti-inflammatory and moisturising.
Rohr Remedy’s relationships with their ingredient growers are paramount, Emily feels very strongly about knowing every grower personally. They have Indigenous suppliers located all around the country. From Broome WA, the Northern Territory, to Queensland, Northern NSW, and Tasmania.
Featured Ingredient – Kakadu Plum x Rohr Remedy
The extract from the Kakadu Plum, a plant and fruit prized for its medicinal and food value by Indigenous Australians.
It’s renowned for having a high Vitamin C content (900 times that of blueberries),
Kakadu Plum has also been proven to contain extremely high levels of antioxidants, including phenolic compounds (which can aid cancer prevention), acting to stabilise the Vitamin C by preventing oxidation, and aiding its absorption.
The high Vitamin C content assists in the production of collagen, supporting healthy skin.
Discover more about Kakadu Plum Face Serum with Vit C
Gillian Corban (right) & Amanda Blair are the duo behind Corban & Blair. They and their small team of passionate creatives have been designing and manufacturing since 1988.
Collaboration is one of their core values, and they are passionate about showcasing our Australian culture, acknowledging women, and lowering our environmental footprint. To achieve this, they partner with talented artists & artisans around Australia to produce inspiring handcrafted Australian-made products and gifts.
Indigenous artists are regularly in the spotlight. You’ll find them featured in their print collections, and on the new kraft notebook covers.
Featured Artist – Lucy Simpson x Corban & Blair
Lucy Simpson of Gaawaa Miyay Designs, is a Yuwaalaraay woman (northwest New South Wales) currently living in Sydney.
She is the founder of design studio Gaawaa Miyay (river daughter) Designs.
Through her contemporary work in design, Lucy uses visual narratives to connect, share and celebrate aspects of language story, country and contemporary Aboriginal culture.
The work Lucy creates brings to life Yuwaalaraay country and perspective and is infused with the philosophies of Aboriginal design, personal experience and old story.
Why is NAIDOC Week Important?
Even though it may only run for one week each year, the opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is ongoing.
By supporting brands working with these communities, you are supporting their healing by coming together through listening, loving and respectful engagement.