NAIDOC Week 2021
This week from the 4th- 11th July 2021, NAIDOC Week celebrations are happening around the country. In our blog this week, we recognise and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in their plight to ‘Heal Country’.
Country is inherent to our identity.
It sustains our lives in every aspect - spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.
It is more than a place.
As a disability service provider, it’s within our power to actively support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities. By ensuring equality and accessibility to services and fighting discrimination.
We can also take practical steps.
One is participating in events such as NAIDOC week, and there are many resources to do this on their website.
We can also do this by embedding cultural respect within our organisational and staff values and attitudes that promote the recognition of the strengths of Aboriginal culture and people.
Pathways To Care encourages our management and staff to participate in the Aboriginal community with activities and events, we recruit culturally respectful staff, and we highlight the importance of cultural safety and timely responses to racism, discrimination and cultural abuse.
We are very excited to have some collaborative work in the pipeline with organisations that do a great deal of wonderful work to support Aboriginal people and look forward to sharing this with you in the coming months.
Acknowledgement of Country
At Pathways to Care, we acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of the land.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands across Victoria where our services are located.
We also pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present and future.
Pathways to Care is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to Pathways to Care and our society.