“Songlines”: The living narrative of our nation

Annual NAIDOC Weeknaidoc-2016-logo celebrations are held across Australia in July, to recognise and acknowledge the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year, NAIDOC celebrated Indigenous culture through the theme ‘Songlines’ – a living narrative of our country. ‘Songlines’ tell the stories of Dreamtime tracks taken across the land by Indigenous ancestors. The ancestral spirits who ‘sung’ the land into life.

Cater Care’s participation in NAIDOC Week is much more than mere tokenism. And we believe it’s important to find a connection. Our business is all about food, our people are about food, so we connect with food.

With this in mind, we encouraged our Cater Care community to explore and celebrate the connection of food with a Taste of Cater Care recipe of, Barramundi – Steamed with Lemon Myrtle and Chive Butter.

This bespoke recipe (developed by General Manager of Food, Sean Anderson), features two popular Australian ingredients; Lemon Myrtle and Barramundi. Barramundi is the ‘clever fish’ that features in many significant Aboriginal Dreamtime stories.

Cater Care staff, clients, and customers attended a number of events held across our sites and head offices in recognition of NAIDOC Week. The celebrations followed the themes of food and music, which included a series of cultural displays, showcasing our Taste of NAIDOC recipe, and the viewing of Didgeridoo solo performance by William Barton.

Celebrating NAIDOC Week is important to Cater Care. It is an opportunity for us to learn about our shared histories and cultures and recognise the many significant achievements Indigenous Australians make to our country, our workplaces, and our society.

It has been a long and arduous journey for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have their history, contributions and achievements acknowledged. Cater Care is proud to support this acknowledgment.

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