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12 Indigenous Australians Celebrate Sacred Ground

All across the country Indigenous people are celebrating NAIDOC week. A time to revel in their ancestry and connection to country.

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NAIDOC stands for "National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee." The Committee was originally made up of Aboriginal people who led a protest movement in the 1930's called The Day of Mourning. Their aim was to highlight the staggering inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians

Today NAIDOC has evolved into a week long cultural celebration with events and festivals taking place around the country.

This year's theme is "We Stand Tall on Sacred Ground: Learn Respect Celebrate" and BuzzFeed went along to one of the NAIDOC events and asked Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders what that means for them.

Corey Grech, 32 - Gamileroi.

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"Standing on sacred ground to me means going home, putting my feet on my country and recharge my batteries to fight another day in the big smoke."


Raymond Finn, Wankangurru elder.

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"Standing on scared ground is remembering our ancestors, families and our people/communities, dancing/singing our stories of land/country."


Mervyn Bishop, 70 - Muruwuri.

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"We must not forget NAIDOC observance. Future generations maintain the stories of first nations and connection to the land."

Trish Adjei, 34 - Mabuiag Islander and Wuthathi.

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"NAIDOC means celebrating the beauty plus excellence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture."

Formerly with BuzzFeed News, Allan Clarke is a NITV reporter based in Sydney.

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