NAIDOC Week is a week full of celebrations to honour the culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This year, the theme is Because of Her, We Can. It is all about recognising the role that indegenous women have played in the community over the years.
At our centres, we believe it is important to celebrate NAIDOC Week in order to appreciate the land on which we live.
Read on to see what NAIDOC Week activities we participated in.
NAIDOC Week at Greenwood Gladsville
In celebration of this year’s NAIDOC week theme, Greenwood Gladesville invited two special women to join the educators and children. They were Beatrice and Ally from ‘Muru Mittigar Pathway To Friends’.
For thousands of years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have carried knowledge, wisdom, dreamtime stories, songs and history.
Ally and Beatrice shared some of those special dream time stories with the children as well as song and dance. The children enjoyed the stories and rich history that was shared with them. This was definitely the highlight of their week!
NAIDOC Week at Greenwood Katoomba
Greenwood Katoomba was delighted to have members of the community come in to celebrate the week with them.
On Tuesday, Uncle Greame came in to share information about his family and life. He also brought along boomerangs, clapping sticks and other artefacts for the children to explore.
In the afternoon, Barbara’s mother Cathy generously volunteered her time to help us paint our canvas for the foyer. Everyone took turns in placing their hand prints in colours. The different colours represented the earth, sun and Aboriginal people.
On Thursday, Grant came in to show us his three didgeridoos and how he could make different noises by moving his mouth.
We are so thankful for all the people who joined us on NAIDOC Week to provide an enriching learning experience of the owners of our land.