WHAT does NAIDOC mean to you?
For Goondir chief executive Floyd Leedie, NAIDOC Week is about so much more than just celebrating culture - it's an opportunity to bridge the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous cultures.
"It means a lot because it gives me a sense of identity, even though the past government policies robbed us of our cultural traditions," he said.
"To be able to celebrate NAIDOC also allows us to reconnect to that identity to tell us who we are."
Mr Leedie experienced young life on an Aboriginal reserve and his heritage combines three tribal groups, brought together at Cherbourg.
"Our family was brought together on the Aboriginal reserve of Cherbourg, so my granddad was shifted from his traditional land, which was Lama Lama country up near Coen, down to Cherbourg, and my nanna was moved from Gayndah to the reserve as well," he said.
Growing up Mr Leedie got the chance to "walk in both worlds" as his parents gained exemptions allowing them to leave the boundaries of the reserve.
Mr Leedie has seen changes in acceptance during his life but admits we still have a long way to go.
"I've seen it come along in a big way, even when I was growing up in Cherbourg, Murgon, we weren't allowed in the pubs and the blue rooms and that's only mid-'80s so that wasn't that long ago," he said.
"Those are some of the changes I've seen and events like NAIDOC are an awareness campaign and the awareness allows understanding and with true understanding comes respect and acceptance.
"Without the understanding all we see is ignorance of the facts and reconciliation never occurs because there is no understanding. That's why reconciliation has taken longer than it should."
Mr Leedie compared reconciliation to partners in a marriage where both sides of the family know the issues - but in this instance only one side knows.
"Only one party knows the truth of what really happened and why they might be bitter about not wanting to celebrate Australia Day and stuff like that because of ignorance but events like NAIDOC help that," he said.
"They help to create or bring about that understanding.
"For me it's a two-pronged approach - it helps create understanding, which then creates a more tolerant society, and secondly it helps those indigenous people who have lost their identity reconnect to their culture and traditions again and regain their identity."