Bairnsdale Regional Health Service had great pleasure in supporting the local community during NAIDOC Week from July 2 to 9, with staff participating in a number of activities through the week.
The theme of the celebrations was ‘Our Languages Matter’.
BRHS Staff visited the “Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place” in Dalmahoy Street on Tuesday, July 4 as well as holding a flag raising ceremony with a Welcome to Country by Uncle Harry Stewart who joined us from Newmerella.
Local children, Rhianna Abdullah, Bailiah Bishop and Ronan Hudson raised the flags as Gavin O’Shanassy played the Digeridoo. Gavin then followed with a yarn about local languages and their importance. Did you know over 120 are still in use today?
Ten year-old, Rhianna Abdullah performed two songs in two different languages.
These activities were followed by the opening of the extension to the BRHS Cultural Garden. Bailiah Bishop and Rhianna planted two trees with Deb Ellks (BRHS Director Innovation and Strategy) watering them in.
Afternoon Tea was held with BRHS staff joining community and a number of Elders following the flag raising ceremony.
On Wednesday, July 5, BRHS staff walked with community as part of the NAIDOC Street March from GEGAC, followed by a lunch and yarn about the amazing day and inspirational talk from Clinton Pryor who was on a journey walking from Perth to Canberra.
BRHS also showcased an art display encompassing remarkable artwork by 38 Lucknow Primary School children celebrating heritage and culture. These vibrant artworks have stopped numerous people in the corridor who have discussed local culture.
As part of the NAIDOC Week celebrations BRHS encourages staff to decorate their work area in theme. The ‘Boomerage Award’ is presented to the best display. This year it was awarded to the team from the Consulting Rooms, who put together a skeleton labelled with Aboriginal language of each bone.
PICTURED ABOVE: Rhianna Abdullah, Bailiah Bishop and Director of Innovation and Strategy, Deb Elks, watering the new plants at the opening of the Cultural Garden extension at BRHS during NAIDOC Week.