NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to celebrate the history, culture, achievements, and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within our communities.

The NAIDOC 2021 theme - Heal Country! - calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

NAIDOC 2021 invites the nation to embrace First Nations' cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.

Heal Country

Following the Heal Country theme, Figtree Football Club in consultation with Kane Wright, local indigenous artist and football player, focused our theme on Figtree and the local heritage attached to this location. 

Kane has been living on Dharawal country for the past four years, and proudly works in the community with TAFE NSW as the Aboriginal engagement coordinator. And most recently launched his own Aboriginal Education Business, @deadlyed_ with his close friend Joshua Brown.

The research led to the story of the ancient fig tree that gave the Wollongong suburb of Figtree its name. The Fig tree was in the Morton Bay Figtree Park by the side of the Princes Highway. This fig tree was considered a landmark and freak of nature by colonial visitors to the Illawarra. It was a lone survivor of what had been a vast and thick temperate rain forest on the foothills of Mt Kembla. Descending down the escarpment along O'Brien's Road, visitors were given directions to either go left at the giant fig tree to proceed to the township of Wollongong or turn right to travel on to Dapto.