9 July 2021
My name is Ajia. I’m a proud Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung woman with three beautiful children. I’m a passionate Personal Care Worker (PCW) at Arcare Waterview, and I love being able to make a difference for our clients; it’s rewarding to see the smiles on their faces.
As an indigenous woman I’m very proud of my culture; the oldest living culture of the world. This week, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people celebrate NAIDOC week. This is a national event that takes place every year in the first week of July.
During NAIDOC week we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The week is celebrated not just in the Indigenous communities, but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces.
This year’s theme of NAIDOC week is ‘Heal Country’.
For me, ‘heal country’ is protecting our country, it’s about all of us working towards greater protections of our land, our water, our sacred sites, our culture and our heritage. It’s about healing our country, healing us as people.
When we talk about country, we don’t talk of land, we actually talk of country as a person. Country sustains who we are, we sing, celebrate and dance about country, so it’s really about heal country and we heal us as people.
If you would like to learn more about NAIDOC Week, visit www.naidoc.org.au
If you’re interested in working for Arcare, you can learn more here: arcare.com.au/careers