November 6, 2020
The South West Region of WA has a rich Aboriginal History for the Noongar people on Noongar country and it should be celebrated. It should be celebrated and recognised every day. In saying that, NAIDOC Week provides us a special opportunity to come together as one, with the whole of Australia, Indigenous and non Indigenous, to acknowledge past, celebrate and showcase our culture and look to the future.
This year’s theme; Always was, Always Will Be, is a theme of very important significance. This year’s theme recognises and acknowledges that our land will always be and always has been occupied by our First Nations. For 65,000 years we have walked, worked, grown, lived and populated this country. Upon settlement and colonisation of this land, Aboriginal people were not even considered citizens let alone recognised for their incredible knowledge of, care of and occupation of this beautiful country. This year’s theme gives us an opportunity to start this conversation and showcase our knowledge, our determination, strength and rich culture.
This year, COVID-19 has thrown some curveballs in our ability to gather in big groups to celebrate however there are still a few smaller events on offer. I wish to send a big thank you to Yakka Dandjoo Events who are the lead on these in the Bunbury area. If you are attending these events, please keep in mind your hygiene, wash your hands regularly, stay 3 big steps away from other people and keep our mob safe.
Remember this pandemic is not over yet and our borders are opening up soon. Stay aware.
SWAMS along with our partners, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) will be releasing some special and informative videos over the next week, share them with your friends and moort (family).
I invite everyone to celebrate our culture with us this NAIDOC Week 2020. Share in our pride and share our stories. Happy NAIDOC Week you mob.
Lesley Nelson, SWAMS CEO