NAIDOC week recognises the history, culture and achievements of First Nations peoples. This year’s theme, Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!, reminds us all, to champion systematic change and celebrate those who’ve already driven change in First Nations communities over generations.
As part of our NAIDOC week celebrations this year, we hosted a range of activities that gave employees the opportunity to learn more about the cultures and histories of First Nations peoples in Australia. Read about some of the initiatives below.
Through education and enlightenment, we believe we can empower everyone to build a more diverse, inclusive, and respectful environment for all.
Guest Speaker | Bibi Barba
Earlier this week, we hosted Bibi Barba, accomplished First Nations artist and legal advocate for Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property.
Bibi started the talk with a Welcome to Country before sharing an insightful session on personal empowerment. She reflected on her accomplishments and challenges as an Indigenous artist, as well as her art’s connection to her life and culture. She also explored the importance of legal protection and intellectual property rights for First Nations artists, cultures, and traditional practices.
Indigenous performance | Koomurri Entertainment
On Thursday morning, we welcomed Koomurri Entertainment to our Sydney office as they performed a Corroboree dance. A Corroboree is an event where First Nations people interact with the Dreamtime through dance, music, and costume.
Map of Indigenous Australia
We displayed the Map of Indigenous Australia, from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies’ (AIATSIS), around the Sydney office this week.
Australia is made up of many different First Nations groups, each with their own distinct culture, customs, language and laws. This map represents the general locations (not exact or fixed boundaries) of the various First Nations communities, their languages and more. Explore the digital version here.