Cancer Council WA staff members Tina Tedeschi and Taneisha Hansen at our stall the City of Perth NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony
NAIDOC week took place this year from the 7 - 14 July and a number of events across the country were held to celebrate Aboriginal culture, history and achievements. This year's NAIDOC week theme was Voice. Treaty. Truth which acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia's democracy.
Here are some of the events Cancer Council WA held and took part in throughout the week to celebrate.
NAIDOC Opening Ceremony
We kicked off the week at the NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony, held at the Supreme Court Gardens on Sunday 7 July. The event included a Welcome to Country, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance performances and many other talented performances and activities such as a petting zoo, face painting and crafts.
We held a stall at the event to promote our cancer prevention messages and support services. Our stall included a healthy food display to demonstrate the benefits of healthy eating and costs of junk food and smoking. We also held a raffle where a lucky person took home a healthy food hamper.
Our display showing the high cost of cigarettes and junk food in comparison to healthy foods.
Cancer Council WA's NAIDOC Morning Tea
On Monday 8 July, we held our internal NAIDOC morning tea where we had the opportunity to experience a Welcome to Country and Noongar story telling performance from Olman Walley.
Olman delivered an entertaining performance, demonstrating the sounds of different animals using tapping sticks and didgeridoos. We then heard from our CPR director, Melissa Ledger, who provided us with an update of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and plans to progress into an Innovate RAP.
Olman Walley (centre) with Aboriginal Projects Coordinator, Taneisha Hansen (left) and Cancer Prevention and Research Director, Melissa Ledger (right).
Yiriman Video Launch
During NAIDOC week our Palliative and Supportive Care Education (PaSCE) team launched the new Culturally Appropriate Palliative Care in the West Kimberley video developed in partnership with the Yiriman group. Many of our staff and external colleagues gathered at our head office for an exclusive viewing of the video and some afternoon tea.
Perth NAIDOC Netball Carnival
Netball WA held their annual NAIDOC netball carnival on Wednesday 10 July. There was a massive turnout with approximately 3000 people in attendance and over 110 teams competing on the day. The event was an ideal setting for Cancer Council WA to promote healthy lifestyle choices within the Aboriginal community.
Our stall again included a healthy food display to compare the costs against junk food and cigarettes. We also had a Make Smoking History display to show the harmful effects that smoking has on the body. Attendees snapped photos with our Crunch and Sip and LiveLighter Instagram frames and were able to take home their own Polaroids which proved to be very popular!
Visitors snapping photos at our NAIDOC netball carnival display
We are proud to recognise and celebrate NAIDOC week and look forward to continuing to recognise Aboriginal culture and achievements throughout the year.