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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 The Committee was originally made up of Aboriginal people who led a protest movement in the 1930's called The Day of Mourning.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."

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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."

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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.

Contact Allan Clarke at arielle.benedek+AC@buzzfeed.com.

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