NAIDOC Week 2021 – Heal Country

 

NAIDOC Week sees a huge number of activities, led by First Nations groups, across the wider region.

CAA Director Auntie Debra Bennet reflecting on the up-coming NAIDOC Week celebrations, says,

“First Nations have always practiced cultural, creative expression in the process of healing, body, mind, and spirit through language, story, song, dance, painting.  All of these aspects represent the circle of life and living and come together in ceremony on land, by the water and around the fire. This NAIDOC Week we are all invited by First Nations Peoples to sit with local mob quietly on land, walk together and learn greater wisdom how to touch this earth lightly… to leave a softer footprint and be part of the movement to Heal Country.”

Director Libby Anstis reflects on a recent Cultural Tour, led by Gubbi Gubbi man Lyndon Davis. “I was privileged to experience CAA’s Connecting Stories initiative visiting three regional galleries featuring works of First Nations artists. For me the value of the day was an opportunity to learn and reflect both from the stories and ideas of the artworks, and the narrative from Lyndon. His generosity in sharing his stories –  traditional legends, family characters and sporting triumphs – was an absolute highlight. Most importantly, it was an opportunity to immerse myself in First Nations knowledge for a day and reflect on my own journey of learning.

I valued the experience  to simply spend time listening and reflecting – such a rare opportunity these days. And after that day, I came and downloaded an app in preparation for our three month trip to make sure I know what country we are on as we travel through remote Australia.”

This NAIDOC, we encourage you to get involved, come together and be part of Healing Country. See the CAA Facebook for info on lots of great activities.

(Image credit Jinibara Dancers performing on Country)