This week is NAIDOC Week – a week in which we celebrate and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for their rich history and their achievements. The theme this year is “Because of Her, We Can”, showcasing all the incredible contributions indigenous women make to their communities and to Australia. There are many events celebrating NAIDOC week around Australia. To see them all, visit the NAIDOC website.
At this time, we also want to acknowledge the challenges faced by the disproportionate number of indigenous children, young people and adults who experience hearing loss through Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection), particularly in remote areas. Research has shown that hearing loss associated with Otitis Media can have a significant impact on indigenous children’s development and wellbeing, particularly in relation to speech and language, social development and education.
DCA is pleased to announce our next Deaf Aboriginal Cultural Camp will be held in Term 4, 2018 in Western Victoria. This follows on from our last Aboriginal Camp in 2016, where 14 Deaf and hard of hearing Aboriginal young people joined us to take part in traditional ceremonies and cultural experiences to help them explore and celebrate their identities. These camps give deaf indigenous children and young people the opportunity to come together and form important support networks that help them to be proud of who they are. Read about the last Deaf Aboriginal Cultural Camp here.
Full details of the camp will soon be announced, so keep an eye on our website, social media and the Flying Kites e-newsletter!
Photo by Kate Disher-Quill.