NAIDOC week from 4th-11th July

This week is NAIDOC week from 4th-11th July. The theme for this year is Heal Country! – and is a plea “for protections of our lands, waters, sacred sites and our cultural heritage.”NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’ and is a chance to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.  The theme is a chance“to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country and their custodianship of the land.  Heal Country, heal our nation.”

With this in mind, we invite you to take a walk into Eden Gardens and discover some of our Indigenous art-e-facts.  D’harawal woman and Knowledge Keeper created this shadow handprint work with Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets in 2019…you can find it in the garden surrounded by the Scribbly Gums and Bloodwoods endemic to the area, overlooking the Lane Cove National Park.  The garden plantings and art might inspire your journey of discovery, understanding and healing.