Embracing the Spirit of Place, Culture and Community


NAIDOC WEEK - Embracing the Spirit of Place, Culture and Community

Jenna Lee is a proud Larrakia woman with a Bachelor Degree in Visual Communication Design and Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art. As Gilimbaa's lead artist Jenna's creative practice is strongly influenced by her heritage, drawing on the rich artistic practices of her Larrakia ancestors. Jenna specialises in Aboriginal artwork and design, in particular, investigating new methods and technologies to celebrate her ancient culture in the modern day.

National Reconciliation Week (27May – 3June) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements. It is a time to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving Reconciliation in Australia.

NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week is an annual week of observance which takes place in the second week of July. It celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Lendlease Retirement Living prides itself on its commitment to Reconciliation. As such, these two calendar events are high on its list of priorities. Its vision is for all employees across all Lendlease businesses to recognise, respect, celebrate and connect to the proud heritage of Australia’s First People.

As part of its commitment to reconciliation, Lendlease Retirement Living encourages village teams to run events and activities that reflect the themes both National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week. Previous years have seen a wide variety of successful events such as;

  • Guest speakers
  • Morning or afternoon teas
  • Sharing of local ‘spirit of place’ stories
  • Concerts and performances
  • Visits from elders of artists in residence
  • Books weeks
  • Art shows
  • Food based events
  • Photography competitions or displays
  • Celebrations of language
  • Sports events
  • History challenges
  • Quizzes

This year, the theme for National Reconciliation Week is ‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery’ and the theme for NAIDOC Week is ‘Because of Her, We Can.’ The 2018 NAIDOC theme recognises the invaluable contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Torres Strait Islander women to our communities, families, histories and to our nation.

All Lendlease retirement villages have been encouraged to offer events and activities focussed around this theme throughout June and July.

Lendlease Retirement Living encourages all friends and family; and supporters of Reconciliation, to join in these celebrations and honour the contribution of Australia’s First people to our great nation.