Even though NAIDOC Week was postponed from July until November due to COVID-19, several Resthaven locations still celebrated this important cultural event.
Amongst them was Resthaven Marion Community Services, who celebrated with a day of cultural learning for clients and staff alike.
Coordinator, Jo Willoughby, says, ‘The day started with a livestream from the Marion Cultural Centre with Jack Buckskin, a Kaurna, Narungga and Wirangu man born in the Adelaide Plains region.’
‘We all learned something new about the Kaurna language and culture, including that there are different names given depending on birth order, and how the whole family has a part to play in raising children.’
‘Afterwards, staff shared a meal of “Outback Spirit*” sausages, kangaroo meatballs, and damper with traditional herbs and spices.’
‘Everyone added their thoughts about reconciliation on a board displayed in reception. Comments included embracing our heritage and working together to address inequalities.’
‘Several Resthaven clients of Indigenous heritage shared their thoughts and sentiments by phone.’
‘One person thanked our Home Support Workers. Another hoped that we could get through this difficult time working together.’
‘Another person said that everyone at Resthaven Marion Community Services showed respect, and commended Resthaven for the excellent service we provide. He credited Resthaven for an Auntie being able to remain living independently at home.’
‘This was such positive feedback.’
‘NAIDOC Week isn’t just a day at Resthaven Marion Community Services. We have made a commitment to an ongoing journey of learning and valuing culture.’
‘Our staff team are all keen to gain more understanding of needs specific to Aboriginal people. We hope to work together with clients of Indigenous heritage, to undertake staff training and implement further consultation with the Aboriginal people whom we support.’
‘Pending COVID-19 restrictions, clients of Indigenous heritage will be invited to lead our NAIDOC Week events in 2021.’
‘Watch this space!’
Celebrating 85 years in 2020, Resthaven Incorporated is a not for profit, South Australian aged care community service associated with the Uniting Church. Resthaven’s residential and in-home care and support options are offered throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Riverland, Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula and the Limestone Coast.
*Outback Spirit is a foundation helping Aboriginal enterprises raise money to grow and market native ‘bush’ foods: https://www.outbackspirit.org/