"Heal our country, heal it now!"
"Hear our voices, loud and proud!"
On Friday 9 July, NAIDOC Week featured a solidarity march through Cairns CBD. Guided by the 2021 theme of 'Heal Country', the march was a demonstration of unity concerning the celebration and preservation of Indigenous Australian culture.
People of all ages and ethnicities attended the event, and wore or draped symbols of Indigenous culture about their person. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons in attendance displayed an array of traditional garments and regalia.
Ultimately, event attendees demonstrated that even a small adornment, worn as a gesture of respect, stands as a significant acknowledgement of our First Nations culture. This culture enriches our country, and will continue to do so as the process of healing is supported. Events such as the NAIDOC Week march help that process to gain momentum.
Take a visual journey of the Cairns NAIDOC march through the photographs below.
Would you like to learn more about Indigenous Australian culture? Have a listen to episode 9 of the Time to Listen podcast.