NAIDOC Week 2021
NAIDOC Week 2021 asks us to explore what it means to heal country and how we can do so in our own lives.
Orygen is celebrating NAIDOC Week 2021 with COVID-safe activities that foster an appreciation of First Nations cultural knowledge and understanding of Country in practical and meaningful ways. The outcome of these activities will be a more motivated and informed organisation, enabling individuals to take action to support the healing process of First Nations and the County which they have managed and cared since time immemorial.
Bush Tucker Garden
The Orygen Cultural Strengthening Plan Working Group will be distributing seeds of munyeroo or purslane to staff with instructions on germination, care and preparation in dishes as well as utilising communal gaden space at Parkville to plant several other types of bushtucker plants. This activity aims to educate staff about the concept of bushtucker and the significance of First Nations ways of managing and caring for Country.
Cultural Reflection Discussion
Off the success of the cultural reflection discussion held in Reconciliation Week 2021, the Orygen's Cultural Strengthening Plan Working Group is running two cultural reflection discussions on the Monday and Friday of NAIDOC Week.
These discussions are safe spaces where Orygen staff can ask questions and explore challenging concepts with their peers.
The cultural reflection discussion will focus on First Nations connection to Country and the role this plays in the social and emotional wellbeing of First Nations young people. The highly affective discussions are critical in shaping the behaviors of the organisation and enabling the First Nations team to deliver on the Orygen Statement of Commitment to the First Nations of Australia.
Please check back here for more information, including a summary of the outcomes of NAIDCO Week 2021.