Acknowledgement of Country: Afford acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and live. We also pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

Every year, Jamisontown Community Centre incorporates Indigenous arts and crafts sessions to celebrate NAIDOC week and learn about Aboriginal culture.

“It is important that our clients celebrate NAIDOC week and know about Indigenous heritage,” said Senior Lifestyle Assistant, Lisa Chantler.

The theme for NAIDOC week 2021 is “Heal Country,” which focuses on protecting the Indigenous land, water, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation and destruction.

In line with this theme, we would like to acknowledge the history of Jamisontown. Before European settlement, Jamisontown was home to the Mulgoa people who spoke the Darug language. It is now part of the Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council, one of the largest councils in Western Sydney.

“Every morning when we have our toolbox meeting, we actually sing ‘I am Australian’ in both English and the First Nations Yawuru language. We are also learning key sign words, which we also practice during the song,” continued Lisa.

Last year Jamisontown painted boomerangs and every year, they try their hand at traditional dot painting.

“They all really enjoy it every year. The clients love doing hands-on activities and getting to ask lots of questions,” said Lisa.

The team was hoping to see some Indigenous dance performers during NAIDOC week to absorb more Indigenous heritage. However, with the current landscape in NSW surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19,) Jamisontown is now looking at stay-at-home alternatives.

Afford Community Centres are proud to help our clients develop a well-rounded understanding of the world and cultures around them. Find out more about the meaningful experiences you will have when you start enjoying the Afford Lifestyle.

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