Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together for a shared future.
In their official explanation of this theme for 2019, NAIDOC says "For generations, we have sought recognition of our unique place in Australian history and society today. We need to be the architects of our lives and futures."
The Uluru Statement was endorsed by a gathering of 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders on May 26, 2017, following a four-day First Nations National Constitutional Convention.
It calls for the acknowledgement that Aboriginal tribes were the first sovereign nations of the Australian continent, that sovereignty was never ceded and that it co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown.
It wants to see the establishment of an elected voice to the Parliament with constitutional backing to give First Nations people a say in laws that affect them.
Another recommendation is the Makarrata Commission. "Makarrata" is a concept belonging to the Yolngu people in Arnhem Land, and means to come together after a struggle to heal divisions of the past.
Three members of the Indigenous Australian community in Wagga have shared their thoughts on this year's NAIDOC Week theme and their hopes for the future.
Michael Vincent, 43, said his mother's line was Ngiympaa and his grandfather was a Wiradjuri man.
"I identify as both," he said. "They are both as important as the other."
Mr Vincent sees NAIDOC Week as a chance to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
"It shows that there is no separation between our beliefs and non-Indigenous Australians and it gives those from other countries a chance to see what our culture is," he said. "Everyone is welcome to all community events. For me personally, it makes me proud to know that our heritage goes back more than 50,000 years."
Mr Vincent said being a part of one of the oldest cultures on earth is an incredible feeling.
He might not be a water person, but there is an indescribable feeling of peace when Mr Vincent finds himself by the water.
"My family are from red dirt which is out at Lake Cargelligo, when I go to Lake Cargelligo I feel at home," he said. "When I am on the water, I feel at peace. It's about that being connected to country feeling - the spirits, you always know when you are home."
Mr Vincent said "voice" in the theme of this year's NAIDOC Week celebrations is all about First Nations people being heard on all platforms.
He wants to see all levels of government, from local to federal, making the time to sit down and take in the suggestions from the community.
"We need to be heard," Mr Vincent said. "There have been opportunities for the government to do that. The Uluru statement comes to mind and the recommendations that are a part of that."
Mr Vincent said there are some ground-breaking ideas of how to move forward as a nation, but the government has taken no steps.
Truth to him means he wants not only the past atrocities of Australia's history to be acknowledged, but the layers and complexities of his culture to be recognised.
"It's not just from the past 231 years," Mr Vincent. "Hearing that truth and acknowledging that, that's going to be healing."
For Mr Vincent, the treaty is all about making the Uluru Statement a reality.
"We are the only First Nations across this planet that hasn't got a treaty with their government," he said. "The impact is that disconnection. If there is a treaty and there is our heritage and our culture in the school system, it gives them something to strive for."
Mr Vincent said there should be more opportunity to take children and young adults out on country.
"There is so much to learn from just going out and listening to what the bush is telling them," he said.
"We are here down at the wetlands, and people go for a walk because it's peaceful.
"They might be non-Indigenous people, but it's a connection for them."
Mr Vincent said some children aren't learning in school, so there should be avenues to take them out of that environment.
With NAIDOC Week coming to an end, there was one message he had for the wider community.
"If you see any cultural events happening around the city, go check it out," Mr Vincent said. "You need to learn it first-hand. Come along and enjoy them."
Tyronne Hoerler, 21, is a proud Wongkumarra man who has been making a name for himself across the country with his artworks.
"NAIDOC Week is huge for us," he said.
"It gives us a chance to come together, sit down and have a chat.
"Hearing the stories and connecting with them is so important."
Mr Hoerler said out of the three words for the 2019 theme, "voice" has a special meaning.
"It's so important for us to be heard," he said. "It's how we get to hear the stories and learn to pass it down."
Mr Hoerler added he has never felt left out of society, but knows the generation before him has faced countless struggles.
"I think it is getting better, but more needs to be done," he said.
In an ideal world, Mr Hoerler wants anyone with an Indigenous Australian background to know that they can make a name for themselves.
"I want to show younger people that they can do what they love doing and succeed," he said.
"I have done artwork for the police, the air force and I have just sent one off to Brisbane.
"When I was in high school, I would paint what comes naturally to me, and my nan would explain what symbols mean."
Mr Hoerler said now he is starting to tell the stories himself and he wants to see other young adults be the architects of their lives and futures.
More than 60 years after she was adopted into a white family, Aunty Gail Manderson finally learnt her language.
The Wiradjuri elder graduated from Charles Sturt University, having completed a course to learn her traditional language.
After achieving that, Aunty Gail defines "voice" as being able to stand up and be proud of who she is.
Aunty Gail said the treaty is crucial for recognising the rights of First Nations because they lost everything after colonisation.
The truth? That Australia has a black history, she said. Aunty Gail works with children, from a multitude of cultural backgrounds, to teach them about the history from thousands of years.
Doing so, she said, allows her to connect with the culture and also share the truth about First Nations.
Aunty Gail wants to share a message of harmony as NAIDOC Week comes to a close.
"We all have our different personalities and our own beliefs," she said.
"If we can sit down and talk to each other and if we can connect like I am doing in the schools with the kids ... then we can have a better future.
"We are a great nation, and we need to all get along together, and we need to know the history, all the history."
Aunty Gail said if everyone made an effort to learn from each other, the world would be a better place.