NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Indigenous culture and community and acknowledge the survival of Indigenous peoples in the face of adversity. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the history of colonisation and the damage it has caused. Damage which continues to this day.
We see the impact of colonisation in socioeconomic measures, in the disproportional imprisonment of Aboriginal peoples, in the high rates of Indigenous child removals, poor health outcomes and in violent police interactions.
Until now, there has been no data collected which records acts of vilification, hate and discrimination against Indigenous people despite the fact that racism is systemic throughout our nation and is proliferating online.