Our Languages Matter
The Far West Local Health District is joining in community celebrations for NAIDOC Week (2-8 July) which will include a special ‘reveal’ ceremony of a new mural in the Broken Hill Health Service.
The Broken Hill Health Service is hosting a NAIDOC Week event on Tuesday, 4 July from 11.30am in the courtyard of the Aboriginal Community Room.
The celebrations will start with a special ‘reveal’ at 11.30am of a new mural which adorns the Aboriginal Community Room painted by Artist Corey Payne. This will be followed by a free sausage sizzle and refreshments.
The mural will ensure a connectedness for Aboriginal patients and families using the health care facility and provides a distinct identity for community members to find the community room. The mural depicts the nine facilities in the Far West Local Health District and the role Broken Hill Health Service plays for the local community as well as the smaller surrounding communities.
The health service welcomes the opportunity to hold annual NAIDOC Week celebrations and acknowledge the contribution made to the health service and the community by our Aboriginal community.
The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is ‘Our Languages Matter’ which aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that language plays in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
Some 250 distinct language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.
Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.
The Health Service is supporting in a number of activities during the week in the Broken Hill community, including:
- Sunday, 2 July – Free showing of ‘Bran Nue Day’ at Silver City Cinema starting at 11.30am
- Monday, 3 July – Flag raising ceremony at BH Entertainment Centre (Chloride St) at 10.30am followed by morning tea.
- Tuesday, 4 July – Sausage sizzle and mural ‘reveal’ at BH Hospital starting 11.30am. Community Restorative Centre (Oxide St) afternoon tea at 2.30pm
- Wednesday, 5 July – YMCA Fun day at 11am-1pm (Chloride St).
- Thursday, 6 July – Maari Ma breakfast from 9am-10.30am. Community Restorative Centre (Oxide St) sausage sizzle at 12 noon.
- Friday, 7 July – PCYC – Neami lunch from 11am-1pm.
- Saturday, 8 July – Indigenous Round BH AFL at Jube and Alma Ovals, gates open 10am. Story Telling Workshop at Regional Art Gallery starting 10am-4pm.