NAIDOC week 2015: We all stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate

NAIDOC Week logo

The Botany Bay City Council celebrated NAIDOC Week 2015 with events including a Bush Tucker Walk and a Flag Raising Ceremony.

On Thursday 9 July, Terry Lennis guided a group around Garnet Jackson Reserve, where participants found out about Aboriginal culture and education, as well as the various types of bush tucker available in our own backyards.

Terry Lennis by Clarrie Jones

Terry Lennis by Clarrie Jones

Botany Bay CitWarren Robertsy Council Community Worker—Aboriginal Services, Warren Roberts, said the walk was ‘an eye opener to understanding how there is bush tucker all around us without us knowing it.’ He added: ‘It was a great experience understanding that planting native plants not only gives back through Bush Tucker but it also brings back native wildlife too. That way, everyone wins. The taste testing at the end was pretty good too!’

Participants were enthusiastic about the event saying:

‘Terry was very warm, personable, engaging and incredibly knowledgeable. Very enjoyable; loved the pancakes and jam!’

‘Brilliant. Why didn’t I learn this as a kid?’

‘Loved the event. I know more about bush tucker and horticulture than I did before and believe there should be more events like this in the future.’

Terry Lennis by Clarrie Jones

Terry Lennis by Clarrie Jones

The Flag Raising Ceremony took place on the morning of Friday 10 July at George Hanna Memorial Museum and Mascot Library. Councillor George Glinatsis acknowledged the traditional owners of the land on which we were meeting, the Bidegal and Gadigal people, and said: ‘The City of Botany Bay is proud of our Aboriginal heritage. …The history of Australia did not begin in 1788 and I deeply regret it has taken Australia so long to recognise this. …Today is about the future—a future in which we, as Council, explore how we can better recognise the First Australians in the work that we do.’

Flag raising ceremony

Flag raising ceremony at Mascot Library and George Hanna Memorial Museum

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea. The theme is ‘an opportunity to pay respects to country; honour those who work tirelessly on preserving land, sea and culture and to share the stories of many sites of significance or sacred places with the nation.’

The 2015 theme also specifically highlights and celebrates the anniversary of the ‘Handback’ of Uluru, one of these sacred sites, to its traditional owners on 26 October 30 years ago.

Paula Grunseit
Librarian: Local History/Community Engagement

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s