Artius Joins Australia to Celebrate NAIDOC Week

Artius team members have enjoyed participation in NAIDOC week events in the Gold Coast, Ipswich and Brisbane regions.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’ which was the name given to the committee once responsible for organising the national event. This acronym has now become the name of the entire event which is celebrated by Australians from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds.

Artius team members were proud participants in the Gold Coast event held on Wednesday 8th July at Pizzey Park in Miami, home of the Burleigh Bears. The event was led by the Gold Coast Titans Rugby League Club with many players and ex-players in attendance.

Artius representatives Suzanne Stahl and Brad Vocale said “We received a very warm welcome from the Organisers, other participants, visiting organisations and the general public.  Children were well catered for with jumping castles, face painting, there were dance competitions, fastest feet race, boomerang & spear throwing demonstrations.  We guesstimate that there was probably 250-300 hundred people who came and went throughout the day.”Karen McLean - Artius Employment Specialist at the Ipswich NAIDOC event

Thursday 9th July marked the date for NAIDOC celebrations in Ipswich. Karen McLean Artius Employment specialist reported “I was honored to be represent Artius and experience NAIDOC first-hand, with the Indigenous communities and Australians from all works of life, government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces.  The atmosphere created by the  music and dance offered by the Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul People for all to enjoy, watch and be educated throughout the day was stimulating and thought provoking .  The mingling and sharing of resources between all the different groups involved was positive and harmonious, stimulating all to engage with each other.”

Barry Fewquandie Artius Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Manager said “We are proud to demonstrate our commitment to enhancing our relationships within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities throughout the Southern Queensland regions, with the desire and ambition to attract more people from Indigenous cultural background to consider working with us and within our business services.”

Mr Fewquandie also represented Artius at the Queensland NAIDOC Week event held at Musgrave Park in South Brisbane on Friday July 10th.

In 2015 NAIDOC week official celebrations occurred in the week 5-12th July. The National NAIDOC theme for 2015 is ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate.’