Hume NAIDOC week pays tribute to Indigenous achievements and reconciliation journey

Hume City Council is honouring National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day of Celebration (NAIDOC) Week with a ceremonial bush tucker walk and planting event, which will pay tribute to the area’s native bush vegetation and natural environment.

The event will take place on Thursday, 29 June at the Indigenous Education Centre in Broadmeadows and is co-hosted by Kangan Institute. It will include staff and students from Kangan Institute and members from the Traditional Custodians of the region, the Gunung-Willam-Balluk of the Wurundjeri.

There will be a bush tucker guided walk for participants to familiarise themselves with native flora and fauna, Aboriginal dance performances and a ‘Welcome to Country’ smoking ceremony conducted by elders of the Gunung-Willam-Balluk.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Drew Jessop said that NAIDOC week highlights the numerous achievements of the students of the Gunung-Willam-Balluk, as well as helping to share and cultivate a deeper appreciation and respect for Aboriginal culture and knowledge.

“Hume City Council recognises the Traditional Custodians of the region, the Gunung-Willam-Balluk of the Wurundjeri.

“We would like to acknowledge the Gunung-Willam-Balluk people's living culture, ancestry and unique role in the life and heritage of this region,” Cr Jessop said.

“Council recognises that there are rich and diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities who have settled in the Hume municipality from across Australia.

“Council commits to building on these existing relationships and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, knowing that much work still needs to be done towards reconciliation.“ Cr Jessop said.

Hume City Council’s event is undertaken as part of NAIDOC week, aiming to bring together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people for deeper awareness, education and understanding as part of Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2013 - 2017.

As part of this plan, Council has committed to demonstrating recognition and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and providing practical actions to assist with their health and well-being, education and employment opportunities. 

The bush tucker guided walk for Hume’s NAIDOC Week is free to attend.

Date: Thursday, 29 June 2017

Time: 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Location: Indigenous Education Centre, Kangan Institute Building 40, Pearcedale Parade, Broadmeadows 3047

Posted on 1:00 PM, 23 June 2017


Updated : 4:57 PM, 21 June 2017

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