Kaya from the Alf team!
This week, to mark NAIDOC Week, we have been celebrating and learning more about the land we live, work, and play on.
The Alf HQ is located on Walyalup land, known today as Fremantle in Western Australia.
The Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar Nation are the traditional owners of Walyalup. To the Whadjuk people, Walyalup is a place of ceremonies, trading, and significant cultural practices.
We acknowledge the Whadjuk people as the traditional owners of the land on which we work and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2023 is "For Our Elders."
Across every generation, Elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in our communities and families.
They are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers and our loved ones.
Our loved ones who pick us up in our low moments and celebrate us in our high ones. Who cook us a feed to comfort us and pull us into line, when we need them too.
They guide our generations and pave the way for us to take the paths we can take today. Guidance, not only through generations of advocacy and activism, but in everyday life and how to place ourselves in the world.
We draw strength from their knowledge and experience, in everything from land management, cultural knowledge to justice and human rights. Across multiple sectors like health, education, the arts, politics and everything in between, they have set the many courses we follow.
From my own personal experience, as part of our personal inter-generational education, Luke and I are really passionate about we ensuring our children Ari and Otis have access to stories about the Aboriginal culture which is significant to the place we live. This week we have been reading "Noorn" a Noongar story written in both the language of the First People of the Western Australian south coast. It tells the story of alliances between humans and other living creatures, in this case a snake. It told of how protective relationships can be nurtured by care and respect.
Ari and Otis loved the story and recounted how they thought it was really important to take care of animals, because you never know when you will need them to take care of you.
Ari picked up immediately that Noorn is Noongar for snake and loved the translations of the story from Noongar to English.
Noorn is an old story retold by Kim Scott, Ryan Brown and the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project and is beautifully illustrated by Alta Winmar
There is a lovely series of these stories available from www.wirlomin.com.au.
Learn more about NAIDOC Week at naidoc.org.au