Naidoc Week celebrations in South Australia
20 July 2017
Sodexo staff in South Australia enjoyed many Naidoc Week celebrations recently, with a focus on this year’s theme – Our Languages Matter.
Prominent Hill is one of the largest employers of Aboriginal people in South Australia. For this reason, “NAIDOC week is an important opportunity to commemorate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal people. At Prominent Hill we have more than 160 Aboriginal people as part of our diverse workforce”. – Terry Burgess, OZ Minerals Managing Director and CEO.
In Prominent Hill, the week begun with the launch of the Antakirinja Art Exhibition, where Chris Waye, a senior Antakirinja community member kindly welcomed everyone in attendance with a Welcome to Country speech.
The week was also inspired by traditional owners displaying their arts and crafts which were available to purchase, as well as artists live on-site painting stories of their (Tjukatpa) dreaming and attachment to land and spirit.
Some of the other activities during the week included language classes, a Coober Pedy soccer grudge match, and a range of tasty meals inspired by traditional native foods including Malu (kangaroo tail).
Indigenous Community Liaison Project Manager Peter Burgoyne gave a National Naidoc Week presentation to fellow employees, and expressed Sodexo’s commitment to Indigenous Communities to “Strengthening Relationships and Supporting Cultures”.
Over in Roxby Downs, celebrations kicked off a week early with the opening of the Naidoc Art exhibition. The event was organised by the Roxby Downs Organising Committee, which Sodexo is a member of. The exhibition enjoyed a good turnout and was well received by the local community.
Pictured: Staff in Prominent Hill enjoyed many Naidoc Week activities
Sodexo is proud to support local people and communities through a range of sponsorship initiatives, strengthening relationships, and supporting cultural diversity in new ways of working.