NAIDOC Week – For Our Elders
July 12, 2023
We celebrated NAIDOC week with this years theme ‘For Our Elders’. Our team had the privilege of chatting with Elders across the many events.
Cath Daly who did a fantastic job at coordinating the Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre NAIDOC celebration shared a powerful statement that resonated with our team – “every time we lose an elder, we lose a library”.
Aboriginal Elder Colleen shared her thoughts on the Shoalhaven NAIDOC fun day with us. “My name is Colleen. I have come from the Shoalhaven area. I was asked to raise the flag today in honor of my Dad who started all this NADOIC many years ago”.
“I think its a beautiful day today I am so happy to see all the community out gathering. Yeah so I met a lot of family, I have a lot of family here today. It’s a good day” Colleen shared.
At the Shellharbour City Council NAIDOC event Uncle G did a wonderful Welcome to Country and invited us all to be cleansed during the smoking ceremony. Uncle Richard urged us all to stand up and speak out for the #VoiceToParliament.
We want to thank our Aboriginal Elders and celebrate their lives, experiences and wisdom.