On Wednesday 3 July 2019, ahead of NAIDOC week, the Growing Early Minds team held a yarning circle to discuss the ‘Grounded in Truth’ poster, central to this year’s Reconciliation Week theme.
It was a good harmonious discussion around the visual representation of the poster, our understanding of historical events and what school taught us about Indigenous culture. Growing Early Minds has also set up a dedicated space in the office for cultural studies, where staff can browse through resources and documents of interest, such as the Reconciliation Week Guide. The team plan to come together every few months for more yarning circles, as it’s a collaborative, safe, honest and respectful way of communicating and learning.
Another important celebration is NAIDOC week, held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself (NAIDOC, 2019). Each year is a different theme for NAIDOC. This year the theme is VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. To learn more about this important theme, click here.
NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. You can catch Growing Early Minds at the Ngallu Wal ACFC Family Fun Day on 17 July at Bert Saunders Reserve, Doonside between 10am-2pm.
Let’s work together for a shared future.