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Celebrating Indigenous families in NAIDOC Week (July 3-10)

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 03/07/16

NAIDOC Week in the first week of July (3-10) is a great time for indigenous and non indigenous communities to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Tweddle is privileged to be working with The Victorian Aboriginal Childcare Agency (VACCA) to provide a culturally aware parenting program in Melbourne’s North and West.

Now entering the second year of the Ballert bubup program (meaning strong baby in Woiwurrung language), the Koolin balit project aims to give boorais (Aboriginal for infant) a healthy start to life through cultural strengthening and connection. The program, delivered in Hume and Wyndham is led by VACCA in partnership with Tweddle.  Participants receive health education in an informal manner in a group setting. They also share in possum skin cloak making, a cultural strengthening project mentored by a respected Aboriginal elder.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. 

Tweddle Ballert Bubup

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