PDH Hosts NAIDOC Week Ceremony

Thursday, 16 July 2015
Portland District Health hosted its first NAIDOC Week activity as part of its commitment to forging stronger connections with local Indigenous communities.

The activities at PDH on Thursday July 9 included a welcome to country, flag raising ceremony, Indigenous dancing group and short speeches.

Portland District Health's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce officer Jan Huggers said it was an important event for the community.

PDH has a strong commitment to cultural awareness and the community, Ms Huggers said. This is the first NAIDOC Week activity and we hope it becomes an annual event.

The activities started at 10.30am with a welcome to country by Christine Pearce from the Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service followed by a flag raising ceremony by local Elders.

The Winda-Mara Dance Group performed, with brief speeches by PDH CEO Chris Giles, PDH Indigenous Advisory Committee member and Gunditjmirring CEO Damein Bell, and community elder Sandra Onus.

The 2015 NAIDOC Week theme highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

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