NAIDOC Week 2021

Valley Reserve art exhibition image - A timeless track - credit to John Noble

NAIDOC Week 2021 was a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Community Art Exhibition

This exhibition of photographs at The Track Gallery by members of Waverley Camera Club was inspired by Indigenous knowledge, culture and the unique flora and fauna found in Valley Reserve, Mount Waverley.

Members of the Waverley Camera Club engaged with Aboriginal Elders and artists in the lead-up to this year’s NAIDOC Week celebrations to listen and learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and Country.

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2021 was Heal Country! Healing Country means embracing First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage, so the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders are respected equally by all Australians.

Valley Reserve is a 15-hectare bushland reserve in Mount Waverley. The reserve is a vital habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna. As an ecology that is preserved intact, it provides an insight into how Mount Waverley looked before urban development.  

Home to more than 55 native species, including 32 significant plant species, the reserve site is considered to be of Regional Zoological Significance.

In and through creative practices, the exhibition Valley Reserve was a way of acknowledging First Nation's understanding of Country, respecting cultural knowledge and celebrating NAIDOC Week 2021 for people of all ages.

Image credit: John Noble

 

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Last updated: 24 July 2021