NAIDOC Week event

All staff are invited to the flag raising ceremony at Sale Hospital on Monday 4 July as part of Central Gippsland Health Service’s annual NAIDOC Week celebrations.

The ceremony will be held outside the main entrance of CGHS in Guthridge Parade at 2.30pm, led by CGHS Koori Liaison Officer, Sandra Neilson. Members of the community are welcome to attend.

This year’s official national NAIDOC Week theme is: Songlines –The living narrative of our nation

CGHS chief executive officer Frank Evans said NAIDOC Week celebrations were an important part of the service’s commitment to “walk beside” the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community.

“But it is much more than this,” Frank said. “It is about how we go about our work and how we relate to each other every day, demonstrating our understanding and respect of our differences.

“It is much more than even listening and taking advice from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Here at CGHS, I am proud that we are living these values every day and I am also proud of our tradition to mark not only NAIDOC Week but also National Sorry Day.”

Recently, National Sorry Day was marked across the service with flag raising ceremonies at Maffra and Loch Sport sites.

Frank said while it was important to live the values of understanding and respect, CGHS had also documented its commitment to achieving equality and the social justice value that underpinned how it went about providing services for the whole community.

“This is why we have included this as an important part of our 2012-2022 Health Plan,” he said.

Following the official NAIDOC Week ceremony on 4 July, everyone is invited to afternoon tea in the CGHS Lecture Hall. You can RSVP to CGHS community network support officer, Jude Deedman, on 5143 8833 or email jude.deedman@cghs.com.au.

About the 2016 NAIDOC Week theme

This year’s official national NAIDOC Week theme is: Songlines –The living narrative of our nation

Songlines are the oldest living narrative of our nation, and will be the focus for the 2016 NAIDOC Week celebrations across Australia.

The  theme will highlight the importance of Songlines to the existence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Dreamtime describes a time when the earth, people and animals were created by our ancestral spiritual beings. They created the rivers, lakes, plants, land formations and living creatures. Dreaming tracks are sometimes called ‘Songlines’ which record the travels of these ancestral spirits who ‘sung’ the land into life.

The National NAIDOC Committee encourages all Australians to explore and celebrate how, through Songlines, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people remain connected to Country and have been able to maintain and share sacred stories and ceremonies for tens of thousands of years.

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