NAIDOC Week celebrations are held around the country each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.
The week is celebrated not just in our Indigenous communities but also an increasing number of government agencies, community organisations, councils, workplaces, schools and sports groups.
Under the theme “Because of her, we can”, NAIDOC Week is running from last Sunday to this Sunday.
The theme honours the essential role women have played, and continue to play, as active and significant role models in the community at all levels.
“WesleyMission staff will be participating in NAIDOC events in the Liverpool local government,” said Christine Adams, co-ordinator of the mission’s community-services team. “The community is enhanced by NAIDOC Week and it’s a privilege to be part of the events celebrating such a culturally rich heritage.”
The mission will join LiverpoolCouncil and non-government community-service provider Anglicare, as well as UnitingChurchLiverpool in celebrating the week and providing important information to support Indigenous Australians.
Next Tuesday, Liverpool families will come together to mark the theme of NAIDOC Week, “Because of her, we can” to recognise and celebrate the contribution of Indigenous women. The event is at St Luke’s Anglican Church, 156 Northumberland Street at Liverpool.
“There will be a sausage sizzle, activities and games for kids, Aboriginal food, Dreamtime storytelling, art and dancing,” Mrs Adams said. “We’re keen to connect with people from our Aboriginal communities and to help, support and grow them in every way.
“Unfortunately, Indigenous women’s roles in our cultural, social and political survival have often been invisible, unsung or diminished.
“For at least 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have carried Dreaming stories, songlines, languages and knowledge that have kept our culture strong and enriched us as the oldest continuing culture on the planet. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women were there at first contact.”
Wesley Mission has established a partnership with Kari Indigenous Social Support Services in Liverpool so the mission can provide better options to Aboriginal clients. The team also works closely with Aboriginal caseworkers in Housing and Family & Community Services.
The mission always encourages caseworkers to participate in conferences and education programs that focus on Aboriginal matters to effectively collaborate and understand how to work with these communities.