To celebrate NAIDOC Week (2nd- 9th of July) Westcare, in association with the West RAP Implementation group, held a NAIDOC event to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Members from the CREATE Foundation and from the West RAP Implementation Group, as well as staff members from social programs of The Salvation Army Victoria, attended the event to support the local Aborigal and Torres Strait Islander community of Western Victoria.
Guest speakers Mary and Blair Dickson, who are not Indigenous, spoke of their inspiring stories as Indigenous rights activists and the importance of learning and understanding from Australia's history and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
A special screening of the film 'Freedom Ride' was also held, to provide insight into the segreation of Australia during the early to mid 1900's. The film documents the journey of those who were part of the Freedom Ride, specifically Charles Perkins, and charts one of the most significant civil rights campaigns in Australian History.
This Victorian Reflect RAP is a commitment from the three Victorian Divisions and the State Social Command of The Salvation Army Victoria to work towards Reconciliation and another step towards recognising and healing the wounds from the past. It is designed to raise awareness of Reconciliation at all levels of the The Salvation Army within Victoria, and beyond, and foster organisational change.
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