This year GV Health held its own NAIDOC Week celebrations in the Elsie Jones Education Centre to a large crowd including many Elders from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Those who attended were treated to a fantastic display of dancing, singing and digeridoo playing, with some of the staff even getting the opportunity to receive a quick lesson on how to play the distinctively Australian instrument.
Uncle Lance James opened the event with the Welcome to Country, Greg James gave us a very heartfelt speech about how NAIDOC Week began and what it means, Teleah Briggs sang a beautiful rendition of Ngarra Burra Ferra. Graham ‘Cannon’ Briggs entertained us all with his amazing playing of the digeridoo, Jamie Ormission conducted the smoking ceremony and the Dhungala Kaiela Batja Malnigan dance group performed a number of wonderful and engaging dances.
Some of the dancers are currently employed by Lendlease as apprentices working on our redevelopment and it was terrific to see them out of their fluro gear and performing on such a special occasion.
The launch of GV Health’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Responsiveness Plan 2019-2023 was also launched during the event.
There was also a very generous donation made to refurbish the Minyah Barmah room by the GV Health Foundation.
After the official part was concluded, a lovely lunch was provided which included a fantastic NAIDOC Week cake made by Cake Matters and some very beautifully decorated biscuits by Jessica Hassall.