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Ruah Gets Up, Stands Up, Shows Up for NAIDOC Week

We were privileged to have Aboriginal Elders from the Wongee Mia Program, Herb Bropho and his wife Charlotte visit the Ruah Centre this week. Our Elders opened our NAIDOC Week 2022 celebrations at the Ruah Centre with a smoking ceremony.

Everyone was welcome to the Ceremony which was conducted outside The Ruah Centre and included a smoking of Ruah team members, a number of the people we support, and also some Northbridge local community members.

Elders Herb and Charlotte spoke to the community about homelessness, the importance of safe and caring places such as the Ruah Centre and the significance of NAIDOC Week.

It was a beautiful ceremony, conducted outside with our spirits connecting to Country.  Yarning stories were shared with the community and afterwards all were invited inside for  damper and kangaroo stew.

This ceremony marked the beginning of a week of events to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

On Friday, 8 July the Ruah team will come together to view the Adam Goodes documentary, The Final Quarter, which will include a group discussion led by a member of the Shark Island Productions team on some of the confronting themes raised in the film.

Visitors to the Ruah Centre during NAIDOC week will enjoy handmade damper and delicious kangaroo stew which will be served each day.

Residents at Kamparang Place also held a NAIDOC week celebration around their firepit.