Celebrating NAIDOC week

4 Jul

NAIDOC

week is a yearly celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s culture, history and achievements. This year the focus is on ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’ with events held across the nation. In Newcastle you can join in some of the celebrations hosted by Local Land Council, Awabakal kicking off 9:30 am at Civic Park on Monday 8 July 2019. The University of Newcastle is hosting a panel discussion on Thursday 4 July, 2019 starting at 8 pm addressing this year’s theme Voice, Treaty, Truth – The Uluru Statement from the Heart. The event is free and provides a great opportunity to learn what the Uluru Statement’s calls for Voice, Treaty, and Truth actually mean?

Follow the link for more information: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/events/community-and-alumni/the-conservatorium/voice,-treaty,-truth-the-uluru-statement-from-the-heart

To celebrate NAIDOC week we have provided some resources that detail some of the history, culture and achievements of Indigenous Australian’s. In addition to some of the current issues that pose a threat to Indigenous lives and their cultural practices.

HISTORY

To genuinely understand current issues it is important to gain knowledge of what Indigenous Australian’s experienced during Western Colonisation. The below TedTalk provides a firsthand account of Sheila Humphries stolen childhood and the way in which she rebuilt her life after the invasion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V3SX0H7pHc

Image source: www.youtube.com

Lead on effects of Western Colonisation has resulted in increased health concerns for Indigenous community members including mental health. The attached article discusses changes to how Aboriginal people are communicated with and cared for within this industry to try and provide better care and reduce the high amount of suicide within the Indigenous community.

https://theconversation.com/have-you-been-feeling-your-spirit-was-sad-culture-is-key-when-assessing-indigenous-australians-mental-health-119463

Other programs have been put in place to assist Indigenous Australian’s including the ‘Close the Gap’ campaign. Although there is much more that needs to be done, these initiatives are providing some help and support to the Indigenous community, providing a voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

CULTURE

If you have minimal knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture or want to know more head to http://www.aboriginalculture.com.au.This site provides some great information about Australia’s oldest surviving culture.
Image source: www.aboriginalculture.com.au, 2019

ACHIEVEMENTS

Art plays a significant role in Indigenous culture expressing The Dreamtime and history. One incredible group of Indigenous women who live in West Arnhem Land have created the Bábbarra Women’s Centre, which is run by ‘women for women’. This centre provides a safe place for women to express themselves and empower one another. This has led to the creation of beautiful, unique textile prints which celebrates Indigenous culture and has taken them to fashion capitals around the globe! The below article discusses their most recent achievement and how you can help.
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jul/02/why-not-paris-five-indigenous-artists-and-their-trek-from-remote-australia

Image source: www.theguardian.com, 2019.

You can also visit their website to view the unique artesian handmade fabrics and clothing for sale knowing that every purchase directly supports this ambitious group of women.

Hopefully the information provides a little more knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people’s culture, history and achievements.

If any of the above information has raised issues and you would like support please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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