In celebration of NAIDOC week this year we are inviting everyone to reflect on this year’s theme of “Always Was, Always Will Be.”

This year’s theme acknowledges that First Nations people have occupied and cared for Australia for more than 65,000 years and have a spiritual and cultural connection to this country.

Yesterday Downer and DM Roads employees were invited to the first of two Lunch and Learn sessions hosted by Edward Groch, Diversity and Indigenous Specialist.

The session was a great opportunity for all team members to celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and learn more about their history, present-day challenges, and culture.

Edward provides an insight into the significance of the spiritual connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to country.

“We belong to country, country doesn’t belong to us. We just take care of it,” Edward explains.

He notes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a spiritual sense of where they belong.

“We should shift our thinking to gain a deeper understanding for the connection we have to country.”

Acknowledging and paying respect to the Traditional custodians of the land we walk, drive and build on can go a long way for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.