A special story telling circle engages staff during NAIDOC Week celebrations
Staff from Sydney Local Health District’s Public Health Unit experienced an intimate story telling circle with Aboriginal Elder Aunty Ali Golding during NAIDOC Week.
The Hon Dame Marie Bashir, AD, CVO joined about 25 staff as Aunty Ali she told Dreamtime stories about Tiddalick the Frog and the connection Aboriginal people have with the land, water and animals. She then spoke about how without one another, survival would be non- existent.
Aunty Ali then shared the Dreamtime story of Ngala and Binji: the waratah and the man in the moon. This is an Aboriginal love story between a young girl and a young boy from different tribes who paid the ultimate sacrifice to be together.
Aboriginal Immunisation Liaison Health Worker Dee McNamara, said the story telling circle dovetailed with this year’s NAIDOC Week theme of ‘Voice. Treaty.Truth.’
“Aunty Ali is such an inspirational woman who empowers others to speak their truths and make their voices be heard,” she said.
Massimiliano Mancinelli, Executive Support Officer, Population Health and Health Equity Research and Development Unit (HERDU), said the story telling circle was a unique experience.
“The contrast between the two stories Aunty Ali told was good, one story was fun and entertaining and the other was quite emotional,” he said.
“I thought Aunty Ali really engaged everyone who attended and her enthusiasm and passion was shared by the audience.”
Aunty Ali finished the session by sharing her own story of her mother being a member of the Stolen Generation.
“To see how passionate she was talking about it and sharing with everyone is one step closer to the truth being told and closing the gap, Ms McNamara said.
To see photos from the District’s NAIDOC Week celebrations see www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/sydneyconnect/galleries