Reflecting on NAIDOC Week 2021
After many of last year’s NAIDOC festivities and events were cancelled due to COVID-19 it was fantastic to have our people support NAIDOC week 2021 community events across our footprint this year. From several events in Cairns, to a ‘raising of the flag’ ceremony in Devonport, My Pathway were represented all over the country; celebrating this year’s theme of ‘Heal country, heal our nation’.
The company hosted staff events in Cairns and Brisbane on Wednesday, took part in the Cairns NAIDOC week trivia and attended celebrations and functions elsewhere. On Friday, our Director Kenny Bedford and CEO Paul Synnott led our employees through the streets of Cairns, along with several hundred others, as part of this year’s NAIDOC March. My Pathway staff capped off the week by attending a gala dinner featuring keynote speeches from Indigenous leaders and Traditional Owners such as Julie Lambourne and Waubin Richard Aken, along with local politicians.
For many who follow sports, Ash Barty’s historic Wimbledon Singles title on Saturday night, 50 years since Yvonne Goolagong Cawley last held the women’s title was a spectacular end to the week.
In 2021 the National NAIDOC Committee called for stronger measures to support traditional ownership of lands and the preservation of our lands, waters, and our Indigenous culture, for future generations to come. Here at My Pathway, NAIDOC Week 2021 events assisted our staff continue that discussion and to continue to identify ways to support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and empower our local communities.