Aboriginal residents and staff share culture for NAIDOC Week

Sonia Lim 9 Jul 2021
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NAIDOC Week celebrations are held around Australia in July to celebrate and acknowledge the history, achievements and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The theme for this year’s celebration was Heal Country, which encourages us all to learn and understand Aboriginal culture as well as Country as part of Australia’s shared history.

We are privileged to have members of the Aboriginal community working across our services and living within our villages who are happy to share their cultures with the rest of us. And so this week was an important one for us to acknowledge, with many of our villages holding special events for the occasion. Our RFBI Glen Innes Masonic Village celebrated by inviting local Bob Blair to the village to play the Didgeridoo to residents and perform a traditional dance, which was accompanied by the village Maintenance Supervisor, George Muckenschnabel.

The residents loved the performance, and enjoyed a beautifully decorated cake and afternoon afterwards. Our resident, Maria Byrne, who is the oldest living Aboriginal Elder in the local area, cut the cake to commemorate the occasion. For more news from our villages, click here.