Wurundjeri tribe honoured

Tuesday 10 July, 2007

The Cancer Council Victoria will celebrate NAIDOC week by launching ‘Land Acknowledgement plaques' to show respect to the Traditional Custodians, the Wurundjeri tribe.

The Cancer Council Victoria's two buildings in Rathdowne Street and Drummond Street, Carlton are situated on Wurundjeri land. From today, each building will display the plaque to honour Aboriginal culture and heritage.

Professor David Hill, Director of the Cancer Council Victoria, said the Cancer Council would celebrate NAIDOC week with a well-respected Wurundjeri woman performing Welcome to Country at the monthly staff meeting.

"This will be followed by the launch of the ‘Land acknowledgement' plaques and new guidelines to ‘Welcome to Country' and ‘Acknowledgement to Country," said Professor Hill.

The Cancer Council has two Aboriginal employees, Peta Reynolds and Toni Mason, who work to address Aboriginal cancer control.

Ms Peta Reynolds, Aboriginal Education Program Coordinator, said NAIDOC week is a great opportunity for the Cancer Council to show respect to the Traditional Custodians by launching these plaques.

"It is also important that we raise awareness of the program initiatives that we have developed in our efforts to control cancer in Aboriginal communities."

Ms Reynolds said that for some cancers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have a higher rate of cancer incidence and mortality than for other Australians.

"To bring these rates down it is important that we provide information about causes of cancer and encourage Aboriginal communities to adopt preventative behaviours such as having regular Pap tests and smoking cessation."

In addition to the current programs, the Cancer Council Victoria has launched an Indigenous section to their new, enhanced Internet site. This section includes information on education and prevention, related links, Indigenous Arts Awards and Cancer Council initiatives

The Cancer Council website, located at www.cancervic.org.au, provides information for all Victorians with comprehensive and accurate cancer information.

NAIDOC week is celebrated from July 8 - 15. For more information on NAIDOC week go to www.naidoc.org.au.