Reconciliation Action Week and NAIDOC Week activities in Moreton

Published On: 9 August 2018Categories: Regional
We are committed to improving the quality of life of all Queenslanders in a manner that values the human rights for everyone.

This intent includes improving the quality of life of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers and their families.

Our Moreton team has been at the center of our Reconciliation Action Plan since its inception. This commitment has led to high involvement in Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC week.
For Reconciliation Week we had a combined event with carers and members of the Ipswich NDIS Local Area Coordination Office. We watched the film ‘Connection to Country’ and had a yarn about the Reconciliation Week theme “Don’t Keep History a Mystery”.

During the event, Ipswich Local Ara Coordination office member, Ruth Harwood was also presented with a Carers Queensland’s Internal Reconciliation Award for her significant contribution to our reconciliation journey.

This year, NAIDOC Week’s theme was “Because of Her We Can”. Our NAIDOC experience began with a Flag Raising Ceremony at Yamanto Police Station, starting with a Welcome to Country by Aunty Lilly Davidson and an address by Aunty Ruth Moffatt, which touched on the impact of being taken from their Mother at age five and her life in Ipswich. It was an honour to be there.

The words of Queensland Police Administration Officer, Charmaine Davis, epitomised the meaning of the theme: “I hope it helps women know that the sky is the limit and that they can do anything because of the strength of the leaders past and present”.

Our staff, volunteers, carers and colleagues from the NDIS Local Area Coordination Office attended NAIDOC events throughout our region including the Ipswich NAIDOC Family and Cultural Celebration held at the Neville Bonner Sporting Complex at Flinders View.

If the numbers of attendees is an indication, our community is edging in the right direction.

Neville Coventry
Team Leader – Moreton