NAIDOC Week 2019
Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future
Celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with OzChild staff
NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year we wanted to shine a light on our Aboriginal staff and the unique contribution they make to our organisation.
OzChild employs 14 Aboriginal men and women and with the introduction of our new Bridging Cultures unit Dhiiyaan Mirri, ensures we continue to learn and adapt as an organisation and meet our responsibilities in honouring our First Nations Peoples.
Read about some of our Aboriginal staff and what NAIDOC Week means to them.
Dea Delaney-Thiele is a very proud Dunghutti, Kamilaroi and Yuin Aboriginal woman and is the National Executive Director, Dhiiyaan Mirri, Bridging Cultures Unit at OzChild.
Kylie Bell is OzChild’s Aboriginal Cultural Advisor in Victoria, helping to deliver culturally safe services and practices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Artwork by Rod McIntosh
Bridging Cultures Unit | Dhiiyaan Mirri
Established in early 2019, our Bridging Cultures Unit, Dhiiyann Mirri, which in Kamilaroi means Family of Stars, aims to ensure the organisation is actively meeting its responsibilities in honouring our First Nations Peoples as we work towards reconciliation and self-determination through knowledge, practice and by growing our partnerships with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations in each State and Territory.
About the artist
Rod McIntosh is an Aboriginal artist of the Kamilaroi Nation and is situated in the Northern area of NSW. Rod says as an Aboriginal artist he is privileged to be able to share and show some of the stories through one of the oldest forms of art.
Rod feels like he is in a constant learning phase about his culture, and his work draws inspiration from the connection to Culture, Nature, and to Country.
Rod has dabbled in different styles over many years of painting, and has returned in recent years toward his own cultural style, incorporating the symbols and meanings of the Kamilaroi peoples as shown to him by his mother and other elders.