We are so proud to acknowledge and celebrate the different cultures of our staff!
We're kicking off Harmony Week with a story about Moorditj Mia Program Coordinator Sherri Bagshaw, who works for Rise at one of our aged care social centres.
She is a proud Aboriginal woman and enjoys sharing her culture with others.
Within months of starting with Rise, she organised a Cultural Day for Seniors Week 2017.
Dozens of our people came together to enjoy Aboriginal artwork, dancing, food and more.
One of the dancers involved in the day was her daughter, Bree. Her twin sons also danced for the crowd, which included her aunties.
Bree shared a documentary she made about discovering her family's history and story.
It was an extremely touching documentary and gave great insight into some of the hardships that Aboriginal people have experienced, as well as a deeper understanding of strong cultural ties.
Today is National Close the Gap Day.
This initiative aims to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and achieve equality with non-indigenous Australians.
Why's it so important?
There's a huge gap in the health and well-being of our first Australians, in mortality rates in young children, education, employment outcomes and life expectancy.
There are some improvements being made. The 2018 Closing the Gap report finds that for the first time since 2011, three out of the seven Closing the Gap targets are on track to be met.
Let's keep working together to achieve equality!
Our staff and Moorditj Mia participants were delighted to be invited to the @shireofmundaring Wanju ‘welcome’ ceremony last week!
The local men’s shed made two beautiful sets of wooden flagpoles - each with a WA flag, an Australian flag and an Aboriginal flag.
Our group enjoyed the smoking ceremony, dancing by local schoolchildren and a yarning circle.
There was a chance for people to share their stories from their pasts and there was acknowledgement of the impact that the stolen generation policies still had on Aboriginal West Australians today.
People then gathered around for some traditional bush tucker food and photos in front of the new flags.
The Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference - Because of her....we can! Dr Sue Atkinson - Keynote Speaker
Dr Atkinson is a Yorta Yorta woman who has been working in the early childhood field across the preschool, TAFE and the Higher Education sectors with Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and practitioners for over 40 years. During this time she has very fortunate to teach and learn on the lands of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people in Melbourne.
In 2008 with wonderful support from her local Aboriginal community, Dr Atkinson completed her PhD thesis ' Indigenous self-determination and early childhood education and care in Victoria'. Dr Atkinson is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education and contributes to the research and teaching community by writing around Indigenous early childhood issues.
Dr Atkinson is also active at a grass roots level as a volunteer in her local community of Moreland where she sits on several City Council committees including the Reconciliation, Human Rights and the Family and Children's' Services Advisory committees. www.aboriginalecc.com #aboriginalearlychildhood#kooricurriculum#earlychildhoodeducation#teachersofinstagram#preschool#aboriginalpride