The Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) is encouraging nurses, midwives and all Queenslanders to join NAIDOC Week celebrations underway until July 10.
QNMU Acting Secretary Kate Veach said NAIDOC Week celebrations were held throughout Queensland and nation-wide in the first week of July to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Ms Veach said NAIDOC Week was an opportunity to learn about and celebrate First Nations cultures and histories.
“NAIDOC Week is a chance for Queenslanders and all Australians to support, celebrate and get to know their local Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander communities,” Ms Veach said.
“We encourage all Queenslanders to attend local events and support this year’s NAIDOC Week theme of Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up.
NAIDOC Week’s 2022 theme of “Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! encourages Australians to recognise and assist the campaign for systemic change and support of First Nations people and communities.
This NAIDOC website calls on Australians to support “proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, Constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties or calling out racism.” www.naidoc.org.au
The QNMU will attend the NAIDOC Week Friday in the Park event in Cairns on July 8 from 10am until 6pm in Fogarty Park, the Esplanade and the Musgrave Park Family Fun Day at Cordelia St, South Brisbane between 9am and 5pm.
For more local events visit www.naidoc.org.au
QNMU initiatives of support include:
Financial contributions to the Torres Strait Islander Nurses Indigenous Corporation to run a Careers Day on Thursday Island to promote Nursing and Midwifery career pathways; negotiation of specific First Nations inclusions within EB11 including embedding cultural safety within the Nursing and Midwifery generic level statements, as well as recruitment, retention and succession planning for identified positions, recruiting to a new identified QNMU First Nations Organiser position in Far North Queensland; facilitating regional First Nations member meetings to develop region-specific strategies and campaigns to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses, midwives, and communities.
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