NAIDOC Week Sydney Ceremony

07/07/2017 11:41 AM

Representatives from NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) along with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community celebrated NAIDOC with a traditional smoking ceremony and welcome to country this week held at the NSW SES City of Sydney Unit.

The ceremony also included the unveiling of a plaque which proudly displays the traditional owners of the land and waters, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.

With a significant indigenous population in this Local Government Area, representatives Auntie Donna and Les DeJong from the local Aboriginal Community shared stories of their culture. 

It is hoped that this recognition and ceremony will allow NSW SES to continue to develop a strong relationship with their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as well as remind other NSW SES members, and visitors to the Unit Headquarters, of 40,000 years of unbroken history of the traditional owners of the land and waters on which we serve.

The NSW SES City of Sydney Unit look forward to holding a celebration in NAIDOC week annually, with the hope of strengthening local relationships as well as building on this opportunity to cultivate cross education between both the NSW SES community and the local indigenous community.

It was a proud moment in the City of Sydney SES unit's history and they would like to thank everyone involved.

For further details on NAIDOC Week 2017 visit the website: http://www.naidoc.org.au/2017-national-naidoc-theme​

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