Tweddle Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2020

Tweddle Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2020


This year Tweddle will be observing and celebrating NAIDOC Week (8-15th November 2020). The NAIDOC 2020 week theme – Always Was, Always Will Be, recognises and celebrates that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the ancient history of this country. This history dates back thousands of generations. NAIDOC week is a time for Tweddle staff, families and the community to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

Earlier this year Tweddle was honoured to join the reconciliation movement with the launch of our Reflect – Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The plan was endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. Launching Tweddle’s RAP as part of Reconciliation Week 2020 was an important marker in Tweddle’s commitment and the process of reconciliation.

We are currently in the process of having Tweddle’s Reflect RAP 2019-2020 – Final Endorsement illustrated by Aboriginal graphic artist/designer Dixon Patten from Bayila. Dixon is a proud Yorta Yorta and Gunnai man and has family bloodlines from Gunditjmara, Dhudhuroa, Wiradjuri, Yuin, Wemba Wemba, Barapa Barapa and Monaro. We look forward to proudly displaying his work.

Tweddle’s goal is to be part of the national effort to acknowledge and address past and present injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our goal is to provide services that reflect, respect and embrace the strength, culture and diversity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Tweddle has the privilege to work alongside Aboriginal health workers, mums, dads, babies and toddlers as part of our early parenting support programs.

A Cultural Safety Quality Improvement Project has been developed to address the need for more visual cultural spaces at Tweddle. Family spaces will focus on cultural connections, filled with Indigenous artifacts, education resources and sensory toys.

These will help to engage children, professionals and families in the reception area and other shared spaces.  We identified the need to welcome indigenous families at their first point of contact. This will help to provide education to non-indigenous children and families, by fostering curiosity and promoting a journey of cultural learning.

Tweddle believes in the rights of Aboriginal People to have opportunities of self-determination. Tweddle believes in working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as we develop an understanding of transgenerational trauma.

Tweddle recently collaborated with 2 RMIT Health students who are completing Project Management. The 2 students were contracted under Tweddle’s Quality program and are undergoing a large Quality Improvement Project to embed Tweddle’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety Framework.

The project has reached the half way mark and will conclude with the development of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Continuum Action Plan, which will be utilised as a guide to embed Tweddle’s commitment.

This understanding will help Tweddle to provide and improve access to inclusive practice and programs in the best interest of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies, children and families.

We respect Aboriginal people by supporting them to stay connected to Country, to family, to language and to land.

We acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are proud, and as a proud community, they teach us the power of standing up for the rights of their children, rights to their land and their rights to access services.

We look forward to sharing stories, song and activities with families as part of NAIDOC Week. You can read more about NAIDOC Week and and get involved here.


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