NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture, resilience and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC celebrates the culture and heritage, commemorates our history, and unifies our communities. It is a week to actively demonstrate pride in our heritage.
This years’ theme VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. invited all Australians to walk in a movement for a better future.
For generations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have sought recognition of their unique place in Australian history and society today as the oldest continuing culture on the planet.
It acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy.
As part of the NAIDOC Week celebrations, Intract Australia and McMahon Services, throughout the country, were invited to join hand-in-hand, in recognising and celebrating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.
See below for the details and how we celebrated NAIDOC week.
In 2017, Intract Australia created an award to show appreciation to our clients whom we feel have proven their commitment to engaging and creating job opportunities to ‘Closing the Gap’ for Indigenous Australians.
Intract, an Indigenous owned and operated company, is committed to outcomes that are real and lasting for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and we look at clients who uphold the same values.
In honour of celebrating NAIDOC Week, Intract Australia and McMahon Services held a morning tea in congratulating this year’s winner.
On Tuesday 9th July, General Manager – Southern Australia, John Briggs and McMahon Services Director Andrew McMahon, along with Intract Australia and McMahon Services personnel congratulated this year’s SA NAIDOC Award winner, Augility.
Gary Harbord, Katerina Madis and Andrew Collier from the Augility project team, were invited to the Dry Creek office to be presented the 2019 SA Intract NAIDOC Award.
Augility have demonstrated a strong commitment with engaging Indigenous enterprises, as well as meeting our criteria for the award, which includes demonstrating leadership and a commitment to ‘Closing the Gap’ on Indigenous employment.
Intract General Manager – Southern Australia, John Briggs presenting the 2019 SA Intract NAIDOC Award to Augility – Senior Project Manager, Gary Harbord
L to R: Amanda Beare, Anh Duong, Gary Harbord, Rickelle Peris, Katerina Madis, Andrew Collier, Andrew McMahon, John Briggs, Rachelle Brand, Mark Polec and Narsheka-Sian Jones
The McMahon Services and Intract Australia team in Dry Creek, held the second annual NAIDOC in-house event, which offered both office staff and on-site personnel a chance to come together to celebrate and participate in the NAIDOC festivities and pay tribute to the culture and history of Indigenous Australians.
Aboriginal elder Aunty Georgina Williams opened the event with a traditional Welcome to Country, followed by John Briggs and Andrew McMahon, who spoke about the importance of NAIDOC Week and the significance the week has to Indigenous Australians.
Attendees were treated to a delicious native BBQ lunch, catered by Tauondi College, an independent Australian Aboriginal controlled and managed post-secondary college.
Thank you to Aunty Georgina, Tauondi College and all staff and on-site personnel who participated in this event.
Aunty Georgina Williams performing a traditional Welcome to Country
The South Australia NAIDOC March and Family Fun Day is one of the biggest events on the NAIDOC calendar.
The event hosts over 40 stall holders from government and non-government organisations in Victoria Square, attracting hundreds of supporters to enjoy a day of commemoration and celebration of the Indigenous culture, while providing a number of delicious food stalls, interactive activities for all ages and a free concert from a range of local Indigenous artists.
The history behind NAIDOC and the marches, that are held around Australia, begun in the 1920s when Aboriginal rights groups boycotted Australia, in protest against the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
This years’ weather was unfavourable but it did not stop our SA Intract team from marching proudly with hundreds of other supporters from Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square) to the steps of Parliament House, before returning to Victoria Square, where the Family Fun Day kicked off.
As an Indigenous owned and operated company, Intract Australia were proud to host a stall at the Family Fun Day, with a number of senior management and staff from Intract and McMahon Services visiting throughout the day.