Culture celebrated at launch of Reconcilliation Action Plan
NAIDOC Week was celebrated across the region yesterday with a number of events taking place in Bundaberg.
The Endeavour Foundation celebrated indigenous cultures through art and food at the launch of its first Reconciliation Action Plan.
Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo said the plan was the first step in the journey to better understanding and increasing awareness of first Australian peoples
"It is also about working towards creating an organisation without barriers to the support services, employment and vocational training that we provide," he said.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are up to three time more likely to have a disability than non-indigenous Australians.
Endeavour has created the plan in the lead-up to the Queensland rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2016.
"Choice, control and independence are at the heart of the NDIS and that is also our aspiration for the kinds of support we would like to provide for indigenous Australians," Mr Barbagallo said.
As part of the launch, beautiful artwork was commissioned for the organisation's Reconciliation Action PArt and food take centre stagelan and was jointly painted by Jaularoi artist Susie Klein and Nola McPherson, a Kamilaroi woman who had been supported by Endeavour Foundation in Roma who recently died.
The plan has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.
An Elders Lunch was also held yesterday, at the IWC HACC Service in McLean St.
Where: Club Hotel, cnr Bourbong and Tantitha Sts, to Lions Park
When : Today, 8.30am for 9am
Family Culture Day
Where: North Lions Park
When: 9am-5pm today
Where: Bundaberg RSL
When: 6pm Saturday