NAIDOC Week 2020 was celebrated at all our offices this month. It was a very special week and was very meaningful for our staff.
NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
In the early years of 1970, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs was formed as a major outcome of the 1967 referendum. In 1974, the NAIDOC committee was formed entirely of Aboriginal members. The following year, it was decided that the event should cover a week rather than the day.
To help celebrate NAIDOC week, REDI.E partnered with Westview Drive-In to show the film Rabbit Proof Fence. Unfortunately, the event was postponed - but we look forward to the screening in December.
Meanwhile, a special day was had at REDI.E’s Cobar Market Garden - starting with Board Member Joan Evans doing the acknowledgement to country. Joy Martin and Danilla Cooney also attended on behalf of Member of Parliament Roy Butler.
Around 20 – 30 community people and jobseekers attended the NAIDOC BBQ. Everyone had a great day talking, laughing and sharing. The BBQ was followed by a special NAIDOC cake!
This initiative is funded/supported by the Australian Government.