Under the theme Because of Her, We Can!, NAIDOC Week 2018 was held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continued through to Sunday 15 July.
Chifley College Dunheved Campus celebrated NAIDOC with a whole-school and community event on Friday 10 August. We were both privileged and honoured to have Aunty Edna Watson, a Darug Elder who worked in our community for many years, give the Welcome to Country. Uncle Wes Marne conducted a smoking ceremony, and the whole school had the opportunity to participate.
Because of Her, We Can! Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play – active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels. They are our mothers, our Elders, our grandmothers, our aunties, our sisters and our daughters.
For at least 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have carried Dreaming stories, songlines, languages and knowledge that have kept culture strong and enriched the oldest continuing culture on the planet.
Chifley College Dunheved Campus students acknowledged the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and female staff at school with a presentation of silk roses and a gratitude saying.