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9th of July 2021
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. The theme for NAIDOC week in 2021 is "Heal Country!" which calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

The image above shows the the 70m dish at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) with the Torres Strait Island, Australian, and Aboriginal flags. The Australian Aboriginal flag was designed by artist Harold Thomas, a Luritja man from central Australia, in 1970. The Torres Strait Islander flag was designed by Bernard Namok of Thursday Island and adopted in 1992, as the winning entry in a design competition run by the Island Coordinating Council. In July 1995 the Australian Government recognised both the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag as an official Flag of Australia under the Flags Act 1953. (Image credit: Kevin Ferguson, @CanberraDSN)

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