By Lorelle Said
Local advocacy group Africause has thrown their support behind the Voice to Parliament by hosting a special NAIDOC Week celebration.
The organisation was joined by First Nations Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy, to commemorate one of the first major civil rights gatherings in the world, by the world’s oldest living civilization.
Local community connected with country through an outdoor smoking ceremony followed by an Indigenous flag raising ceremony where people shared in the stories from Aunty Joy.
They were joined by Africause CEO Dr Berhan Ahmed and Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius.
‘This is a significant day for Africause,’ said Dr Berhan. ‘Our goal is to welcome western Melbourne communities of all ages, cultures, ethnicity, ability, and gender and connect them with First Nations Elders, and in doing so, country.’
‘Africause supports the Voice to Parliament in our REFLECT Reconciliation Action Plan and our active public stance on anti-discrimination in schools and the broader community,’ he said. ‘ We seek to enable all our children to thrive and live in harmony together. Africause stands with the First Nations people in hope for this.’
If you are interested in learning more about Africause volunteer programs, or make a tax-deductible donation, please go to www.africause.org.au