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NAIDOC Week 2019

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

NAIDOC Week is an important time for Tasmanians to come together and learn more about the Tasmanian Aboriginal people, their history and their culture.

Each year, a new NAIDOC Week theme is chosen to reflect current issues and events that are important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year the theme for NAIDOC Week acknowledges the three key elements in the Uluru Statement from the Heart- “Voice. Treaty. Truth.  Let's work together for a shared future.”

Tasmania will be hosting many NAIDOC Week celebrations across the state, from flag raisings and cultural food events to walks on country, smoking ceremonies and a NAIDOC Ball.

As the new Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, I was very pleased to attend an event on Monday to kick off the celebrations of NAIDOC week and I am looking forward to attending more events as the week progresses.

The Tasmanian Government has recently delivered a revised Aboriginal and Dual Naming policy and established the Tasmanian State Service Aboriginal Employment Strategy.  We continue to explore further land returns and improve outcomes for Tasmanian Aboriginal people

We know there is still more to be done and we will continue to deliver on our commitment to reset the relationship with Aboriginal communities.