Sunday 2 - Sunday 9 July, 2017

Each year NAIDOC Week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.

Last year, Stockland Merrylands launched its very own plaque of recognition of the traditional owners of the land  - the Darug People as part of Stockland's ongoing Reconciliation Action Plan. The plaque is located at our McFarlane Street entry to the centre, just near the National Australia Bank.

This plaque was an important step in our efforts to better embrace and celebrate a vision which values diversity of heritage, culture and strengthen our relationships with Australia's first peoples.

This year, the theme of NAIDOC Week is 'Our Languages Matter' - which aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.

Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on. 

For more information on the significance of NAIDOC Week and how to participate in local community celebrations click here.

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