This week from the 2nd to the 9th July 2023 Hydrobiology celebrates the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognises the importance of NAIDOC Week 2023 with this year’s theme: ‘#ForOurElders’.
#NAIDOCWeek is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity for us to to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Across every generation, the Elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in our communities; whether they be colleagues, clients, acquaintances, friends or families.
As best described by the National NAIDOC Committee “They are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers and our loved ones. We pay our respects to the Elders we’ve lost and to those who continue fighting for us across all our Nations and we pay homage to them.”
As Hydrobiology reflects on this special week, we are very privileged to be able to undertake our various field works within and around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, we endeavour to continue to value and care for our environment, respect its traditional owners and those that reply upon it, now and into the future; for all generations to come.
Photo Credit: The 2023 National NAIDOC Week Poster incorporating the Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag
(Licensed by the Torres Strait Island Council)