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CFA celebrates NAIDOC Week
A Wurrundjeri elder, South Morang firefighter and an indigenous artist helped CFA celebrate NAIDOC Week and unveil CFA’s first indigenous art piece, commissioned as part of the Koori Inclusion Action Plan.
Daryl Smith, a volunteer firefighter with South Morang Brigade since 2009, was there for the celebrations. He works for an Aboriginal counselling service and as a soldier for the Salvation Army and is currently getting his fire truck license.
After the morning tea, Daryl reflected on his time volunteering, saying “I get the feeling when I’m out in the bush I kind of feel my ancestors. I get this strong feeling… that they’re actually saying to the CFA, thank you for looking after our land.”
Wurrundjeri elder Georgina Nicholson made an emotional Welcome to Country speech talking about the culture and respect that have been passed down through her family.
Georgina explained the different clans of the nation, as well as paying her respects to her ancestors and the elders past and present. She spoke of her grandmother’s and mother’s story, and how her and her siblings carry on their culture and respect for the land for future generations.
She also went on to explain the meaning of NAIDOC week, “NAIDOC week celebrates the history and culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people.”
The NAIDOC week celebrations are an important step to implementing the Koori Inclusion Action Plan within the CFA.
Images by Keith Pakenham - CFA