ANTaR ACT Newsletter – June 2023

As the the Voice campaign gains momentum, we prepare to celebrate NAIDOC week (Sunday 2 July to Sunday 9 July). The NAIDOC 2023 theme is  For Our Elders.

NAIDOC 2023 For Our Elders

Our Elders lead, our Elders are strong:

Across every generation, our Elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in our communities and families. They are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers and our loved ones.…

The struggles of our Elders help to move us forward today. The equality we continue to fight for is found in their fight. Their tenacity and strength has carried the survival of our people. It is their influence and through their learnings that we must ensure that when it comes to future decision making for our people, there is nothing about us – without us.

In 2023, how will you celebrate Four Our Elders? For more information on the NAIDOC theme and events, see NAIDOC website.

ANTaR ACT @ Canberra Come Together for Yes23
Sunday 2 July at 10am
Haig Park, Braddon
RSVP and get a free t-shirt on the day


ANTaR ACT is a local community group powered by the passion of its volunteers. If you are interested in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, issues, activism and advocacy come and join us. We are campaigning for the Yes Campaign for the Voice to Parliament and referendum, attending various NAIDOC events and hosting a variety of pop-up stalls around Canberra.

We need your help and enthusiasm. Please come along to an event, say hello, and find out more there. You are also welcome to join our monthly online meetings – our next meeting is on Monday 17 July, 6pm. Email us at to find out how you can get involved or get a link for our monthly meeting.

ANTaR ACT stall and volunteers at Reconciliation Day 2023

ANTaR ACT @ NAIDOC in the North 2023
Saturday 8 July at 11-2pm
Belconnen Arts Centre
118 Emu Bank, Belconnen

Uluru Statement from the Heart

Resource Life without Barriers publish translated Voice to Parliament resources. Check out the Life without Barriers website for factsheets on the Voice to Parliament in 45 languages including English Easy Read.

Resource Recognition through a Voice – Be Ready for the Conversation 
Recently released, this is the official Australian Government website with information and resources about the Voice proposal and referendum process, including a community toolkit. Australian Government – The Voice.

For these and more information and resources related to the Voice to Parliament, seen the page on our website: Learning about the Uluru Statement and 2023 referendum.

Event National Film and Sound Archive NAIDOC Week 2023 @ ARC cinemas and online – Thursday 29 June to Saturday 8 July. NFSA NAIDOC program Ngara, Buwindja, Nangamai and NFSA NAIDOC screenings.

Event The ACT Community Sector invites you to join in for the 9th annual NAIDOC Week Event, with Tahalianna Soward-Mahanga, Uncle Johnny Huckle, Yukumbruk Dance Group, Alinta Barlow, Elders’ Tent, art workshops, children’s activities, yarning circles, stall and free coffee and food. Woden Library and Town Square – Tuesday 4 July – 10.30 to 2.30 Canberra Community NAIDOC Week Event – Facebook

Find more local NAIDOC week events on the NAIDOC webpage.

Watch Come Together – Compass episode, hosted by Indira Naidoo, explores Narelda Jacobs family, faith and identity. Broadcast on 13 June and now available through ABC iview. Also see the article: My dad was a proud campaigner for Indigenous rights. But researching his legacy, I also uncovered uncomfortable truths.

Make the pledge!

Action Let’s bring the country together by answering the call from Indigenous Australians. I pledge to vote ‘Yes’ for Indigenous constitutional recognition through a voice to Parliament

ANTaR ACT wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which Canberra is situated, the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people. We wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We would also like to acknowledge other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may visit this area.

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