Each July, National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This year’s theme of Voice. Treaty. Truth. acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy. Voice, Treaty and Truth were three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people told Australia what they want from constitutional reform.
This NAIDOC Week, Act for Kids staff went above and beyond to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Act for Kids CEO Dr Neil Carrington said Act for Kids is committed to, and proud to be, a culturally inclusive workplace.
“It’s great to see our staff coming together and participating in community events to share stories, reflect, strengthen our connections and celebrate Australia’s First Peoples.”
“We recognise the importance of reconciliation for our society and the future of our nation,” Dr Carrington said.
Some of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members from our Act for Kids centres shared personal stories from the past, opened conversations about the Uluru Statement from the Heart and discussed how Act for Kids can continue to enrich their practices.
Check out what some of our staff got up to during NAIDOC Week 2019:
Our Corporate office had an in-depth discussion while sharing food about what it means to work together for a shared future and what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders communicated with everyone in the Uluru Statement from the Heart in 2017.
Far North Queensland
In Far North Queensland, staff were involved in a number of events, including hosting stalls at Wuchopperen, visiting the local NAIDOC kid’s carnival and a morning NAIDOC March. What a lovely start to a Friday!
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members coordinated and organised a NAIDOC breakfast for the whole Townsville team, which included invited community members, as well as the unveiling of the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) artwork for the North Queensland themed RAP t-shirts. Staff were also invited to Aitkenvale Child Safety Service Centre to attend NAIDOC celebrations. Child Safety Officers, carers and families we able to interact in a relaxed atmosphere accompanied with a sausage sizzle and cake.
Townsville staff also attended Townsville’s NAIDOC March on the 12th of July. After the march, they joined other community services at the Deadly Day Out with an Act for Kids stall. It was a fantastic day and a wonderful opportunity to make connections with other organisations, carers and families.
Act for Kids Fraser Coast Intensive Family Support staff attended the Fraser Coast NAIDOC week flag raising ceremony in Maryborough, followed by a quick visit to the NAIDOC kids’ carnival in the park.
For generations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have looked for significant and lasting change. Act for Kids will continue to work together Australia’s First people for a shared future.
Act for Kids acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians whose cultures and customs have nurtured and continue to nurture our lands and seas.