NAIDOC Week 2017 - Our Languages Matter

From the 2nd to the 9th of July, NAIDOC week is celebrated across Australia. Always a busy time for our partner, Tribal Warrior, this year has been particularly busy for Augustinian Volunteers Australia and Tribal Warrior's joint Sydney Language Restoration Project as this year's theme is 'Our Languages Matter'.

As a practice on the 30th of June, using knowledge gained from Augustinian Volunteers facilitated classes, the Tribal Warrior mentors took their mentees on a walking tour of Circular Quay, telling them stories of the harbour from before and after 1780. Yarns were shared and listened to, and all enjoyed and were enriched for the experience. 

On Monday, Tribal Warrior ran a cultural cruise to Clarke Island. The Sydney Language Restoration Project was again highlighted as participants in the program acknowledged of country in the Language, with over 15 youth participated. A language workshop was then held, with the Tribal Warrior mentors leading the way and showing the guests the language games, welcomes and songs that are learnt throughout the program. 

Tuesday saw the mentors and participants share their knowledge with the NCIE holidays program. This was a fantastic occasion where the participants and mentors were able to showcase what they’d learnt and pass it on to others in their community. An energising and heart warming experience for all. 

On Thursday, the group worked with MIRVAC to celebrate the week including the sharing of language, dance and culture. Friday will be NCIE’s sports fun day, where the team will showcase its skills.

The success of these events is testament to the hard work put in by the Augustinian Volunteers and Tribal Warrior volunteers, mentors and mentees.