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6th of November 2020
Acknowledging traditional owners
NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC originally stood for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which was responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week, but the acronym has since become the name of the week itself. NAIDOC week is usually held in July, but COVID-19 resulted in the week being postponed to November this year. The theme for 2020 is Always Was, Always Will be.

A previous ADAP showed the plaque unveiled at CASS's Marsfield site in Sydney, and today's image shows the corresponding plaque for the Parkes Observatory, acknowledging the Wiradjuri people as the traditional owners of the site. The design features five rotating shapes that simulate movement and progression. These shapes combine imagery relating to boomerangs and eucalyptus leaves. These well-known icons have strong associations with Australian Aboriginal culture and practices. The five boomerangs symbolise the scientific opportunities, employment, education outreach, Indigenous knowledge and improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The artwork incorporates colours that reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' connections to land and sea. This original artwork design was commissioned by CSIRO and created by Marcus Lee, a proud Aboriginal descendant of the Karajarri people.

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