A smoking ceremony is an ancient aboriginal custom in Australia
that involves burning various native plants to produce smoke, which
has cleansing properties and the ability to ward off bad spirits from the
people and the land and make a pathway for a brighter future.
our NAIDOC theme assembly on Tuesday 30 July, students from each PCG walked
through the smoking ceremony prior to entering the Patricia Rodrigues Centre
for a very touching and enlightening presentation.
of Indigenous students at La Salle College carrying the Australian,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags commenced the NAIDOC celebration.
guests included, George Hayden, Ms Gordon, Jeffery Farrell and Jarrad Hall.
Treaty, Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future, is this year’s theme
for NAIDOC Week. This theme is not only extremely complex, but it is emotional” said Ms Kym Oakley
explained each part of Voice, Treaty, Truth and students gained an understanding
of the issues affecting Indigenous people. “If you want to know more about the theme I
will encourage you to come to the Aboriginal Education Centre and have a yarn
with me over a cup of Milo. To begin to understand, you must be willing to ask
the hard questions. Our people know those conversations are best had with us
and at the same table.” Ms Oakley