The 2021 theme is Heal Country! which calls for us to protect our lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.
We have a strong connection with regional Western Australia, including through the sustainable management of the State’s land and water, and continuing to collaborate with Aboriginal land owners, businesses and communities.
The department works in close consultation with the community on agriculture, fisheries and regional development projects to ensure beneficial outcomes for all involved.
We have a dedicated Aboriginal Economic Development unit that is working to unlock significant and impactful regional opportunities. There is also an aquatic science team that reaches out to Aboriginal groups to collaborate on saltwater country.
The department is also developing our next Reconciliation Action Plan that will outline our continuing commitment to improving economic and social outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Find out about the NAIDOC Week events happening near you.
Image caption: Participants in DPIRD's Aboriginal Pastoral Academy training program which provides a supported career path for young Aboriginal people to be 'job-ready' to work in the pastoral industry.