7 Jul 2017: CPA Australia was honoured to have local Wurundjeri elder, Aunty Irene Morris, visit the Melbourne office on Thursday 6 July to offer a Welcome to Country to CPA Australia staff as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.
In addition to being a Wurundjeri elder, Aunty Irene has been a CPA member for 30 years and has worked as an accountant in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is Our Languages Matter. Aunty Irene told the story of her family and community who were moved from their traditional lands in what we know today as Melbourne, to Healesville, where it was forbidden to speak their language.
The language is gradually being revived through early education to children.
Draped in a traditional possum skin shawl, she also brought in a marngrook – a ball made of possum skins and stuffed with possum tails. Marngrook is an Indigenous game involving kicking and catching that is believed to be a forerunner to what is now known as Australian Rules Football.
NAIDOC Week is held each year in the first full week of July. It celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, and recognises the contribution that Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.