Working together to Heal Country this NAIDOC Week – Naval Shipbuilding College

Working together to Heal Country this NAIDOC Week

Thursday, July 8, 2021

The NSC acknowledges that our Osborne office is on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains and pays respect to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and spiritual relationship with their Country and that these are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today. We also extend our respects to all Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia.


NAIDOC Week celebrates the rich history and culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Held each year in early July, the theme of ‘Heal Country’ this year signifies the movement towards greater reconciliation within Australia and working to seek protection for the sacred lands and rich history.


At the NSC, we recognise the importance of fostering the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community, and the need to continually work towards reconciliation.


This year during NAIDOC Week, we mark the unveiling of a special piece of art for the Osborne office, created by the fantastic team at Dreamtime Creative.


Jordan Lovegrove of Dreamtime Creative has created the spectacular piece (pictured below) that represents the NSC and the support we provide to Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry and supply chain businesses.

NSC Mural by Jordan Lovegrove of Dreamtime Creative

“The large central meeting place is the NSC and the Emu ‘Kardi’ pays respect to the local heritage and area of the Lefevre Peninsula which was an emu hunting ground and known as Emu country,” said Jordan.


“The three circle patterns within the Kardi represent the NSC’s values of people, performance and innovation while the smaller meeting places are the different people and communities with whom the NSC works, supports and trains to contribute to a sustainable workforce for decades to come.


“As a creator spirit, the Kardi represents the values of the NSC, specifically working together,” Jordan said.


NSC Communications Director, Leanne Stace acknowledges the role we can all play in working towards a country of reconciliation.


“NAIDOC Week is an important time of reflection for us all to increase our awareness and respect for the Traditional Owners of Country.”


“I would encourage everyone to support NAIDOC Week however they can, whether it be by shopping at local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander businesses or by using online resources to further educate yourself,” Leanne said.


“The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures have such enriched history and we can continually learn and grow through the knowledge and experiences shared.


“We’re proud to have such a wonderful piece of artwork that pays homage to the traditional lands and culture of the local region.


“Jordan has encapsulated the very foundations of the NSC and tied these together with the history offered by the Lefevre Peninsula in which we are located,” Leanne said.


NAIDOC Week celebrations commenced on July 4 and continue through until July 11 2021, however you can access more information and educational resources at any time by visiting the NAIDOC Week website.

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