Answers to the NAIDOC Week and Aboriginal issues survey

by Sarah McKenzie,

Hi there Friends of COORDINARE,

For those of you who have recently completed the NAIDOC Week and Aboriginal issues survey, we have listed the correct answers below:

  1. What does NAIDOC Week stand for? National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. (Please note that 'Aborigines' and 'Islanders' are historical / colonial terms and 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people' is now preferred.)
  2. What is the 2021 NAIDOC theme? Heal Country. Learn about the theme here.
  3. Who is regarded as the Mother of Reconciliation? Evelyn Scott. Learn about her here.
  4. Where and when was the first Aboriginal Medical Service established? Redfern in 1971. Learn about the history here.
  5. Who was the first Aboriginal woman elected to Federal Parliament? Nova Peris. Read her biography here.
  6. What is the name of the Aboriginal person depicted on the $2 coin? Gwoya Jungarai. Learn about him here.
  7. Why is this man depicted on the $2 coin? He survived the Coniston Massacre in the then Territory of Central Australia in 1928.
  8. Who famously planted the flag on the Cliffs of Dover and claimed Britain on behalf of Aboriginal Australia? Burnum Burnum. Learn more about him here.
  9. What are the four Aboriginal Nations we live and work on in South Eastern NSW? Dharawal, Yuin, Ngunnawal, and Ngarigo.
  10. Which Nation are you on? You can find out if you guessed the Nation you're on correctly by consulting the AIATSIS map.


You can learn more about NAIDOC Week and find local events here: naidoc.org.au

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