National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.
McKay Drilling in support of NAIDOC Week organised an event to get to know our local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities in the Wangara Workshop.
We welcomed Len Yarran from Cultural Connections and his nephew, Trey to provide an experience, appreciation and understanding of our first nations people. They did not disappoint; with cultural dances, didgeridoo, freshly made damper with delicious homemade spreads and an informative session. Len is a great story teller, captivating us all as though we were on the journey with him. His message was clear. We are all friends now we have met one another, he explained it as ‘we are starting a relationship’ and that means ‘if you see me, you say hi or if I see you then I say hi’, if your kids want to learn about first nation culture ‘then call me up and I will take them on country’, if you want to come on country ‘then you call me’.
Now we have started our relationship with Len, we are very much looking forward to staying in touch and he is welcome anytime to visit. Educational resources were provided by Len, if you would like a copy please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy.
Also, if you or anyone you know are interested in a Noongar Cultural Tour please contact Wadjak Northside via email email@example.com.