Indigenous Issues

Celebrating NAIDOC

The Bosco Social Justice Group is proud to promote NAIDOC celebrations, which are held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

 This year, 2013, NAIDOC Week will be celebrated from 7 to 14 July. 

 Each year NAIDOC week has a theme. The National NAIDOC theme for the 2013 is: We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963. For more information about this theme visit:  2013 National NAIDOC Week Theme

 For answers to frequently asked questions about NAIDOC week visit:  NAIDOC

 Indigenous Australian flags

There are two Indigenous Australian flags: The Aboriginal Flag and Torres Strait Islander Flag.  These flags recognise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples identity, culture and achievements. 

The Australian Aboriginal Flag                                                                                       The Torres Strait Islander Flag                                                                         

 If you would like to learn more about the history and symbolism of each of these flags visit:  Indigenous Australian flags

 Blessed Pope John Paul II’s message to the Aboriginal People of Australia

Pope John Paul II had a great fondness for Australia and it was during his first visit here in 1986 that he expressed this fondness through the following words:

To all Australians, people of undoubted goodwill, I come as a friend: to urge you to pursue in your lives all those values worthy of the human person; to encourage you to be open-hearted, generous to the unfortunate and caring towards those who are pushed to the margins.

To young Australians: I ask you – Does God have a part in your hopes and ambitions for the Australia of tomorrow? Do you have dream of an Australia in which the poor and downtrodden, the disadvantaged and the lonely, the spiritually blind and those struggling to make sense out of their lives will be sustained by the hand of a loving God? And do you realise that God has no other hands but yours to stretch out to those in need?’


To Indigenous Australians he said: Dear Aboriginal people the hour has come for you to take on new courage and new hope. You are called to remember the past, to be faithful to your worthy traditions and to adapt your living culture whenever this is required by your needs and those of your fellow men and women.

 If you would like to learn more about John Paul II’s message to the Aboriginal people read: THE ADDRESS OF JOHN PAUL II  TO THE ABORIGINES AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS  IN BLATHERSKITE PARK Alice Spring (Australia), 29 November 1986