by Justin Dolman
NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate and recognise the achievements of our First Nations peoples. I personally value this time to think about and celebrate my own accomplishments, and the accomplishments of those in my immediate circle and local community.
I also like this time to reflect on the history and the historical achievements of our First Nations peoples. Like the Wurdi Youang, a 20,000 year old stone formation that accurately measures the summer and winter solstices and the equinox; and Budj Bim which is home to one of the oldest aquaculture systems in the world. Budj Bim eel traps date back 6,000 years and were used for harvesting and to extend the breeding season of eels, where eels were preserved and used for trade for hundreds of kilometers along national trading routes (which now make up many of the highways we have today).
I think it’s important to acknowledge the historical and the modern achievements to break down the myths and preconceived ideas about First Nations peoples.