Redrawn staff celebrated Australia’s Indigenous cultures and peoples by taking part in NAIDOC Week events in Adelaide and Perth. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are the world’s longest surviving continuous culture, now thought to be over 60,000 years old. We acknowledge the complexity and richness of the culture, which was downplayed and dismissed by white colonialists to justify the mass dispossession of land they enacted. Suffering and hardship have been caused to Indigenous Australians for the last 235 years and is ongoing to this day. 

This year’s NAIDOC Theme is ‘For Our Elders’, which we think is fitting given the upcoming referendum on whether an Indigenous Voice to Parliament should be enshrined in the nation’s Constitution. Elders are the guides and guardians within their communities, and it is because of their resolve and tenacity that Indigenous peoples have survived. The ultimate respect we can pay to Indigenous Elders is giving them a formal voice to speak for what is best for their people, allowing their communities to reconcile and heal.

Redrawn urge all Australians to use their voice to support an inclusive and equitable society by voting ‘Yes’ in this year’s referendum. A ‘Yes’ vote is more than just a voice to parliament, it is an opportunity to say ‘Yes’ we accept, include, and respect indigenous culture. Let’s make 2023 the year that Australians took a momentous step forward to be the fair and just society that we want to be.


Photo caption: Photos of Redrawn team members at NAIDOC Week events in Adelaide and Perth.

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