To recognise the importance of NAIDOC Week and the theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, the FleetCo team took part in a guided cultural walk learning about the First Nations people and their 65,000-year-old history.
Led by Cassy Saunders from Blackcard Cultural Tours, the walk included viewing artwork along the South Brisbane riverfront and stunning pieces by Mavis Ngallametta, Albert Namatjira, and Vincent Namatjira on display at the Queensland Art Gallery.
FleetCo’s Global Manager Darren Toyne said the experience was unique as well as inspiring, and an opportunity not to be missed.
“The story-telling behind the art gives you an insight into the long history our First Nations people have had with this land,” Darren said.
“You can feel the sense of pride Albert Namatjira had for central Australia in his landscapes, and the importance he saw of connection with country.
“The riverfront art was a chance to reflect on how much the Brisbane landscape had changed from open woodlands and clear blue water to the city we know it today.”
FleetCo’s Asset Accountant Cassandra Babic also took part in the cultural tour and said she admired the ingenuity that was passed down from one generation to the next.
“We learned how First Nations people cared for the land and used smart farming techniques over a bush tucker lunch, which included kangaroo meat, native nuts and berries,” Cassandra said.
“We also learned about key moments in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history, which demonstrated the richness and diversity of a centuries old culture.
“I would highly recommend the cultural tour to anyone living or visiting Brisbane!”
NAIDOC Week runs from November 8 to 15. It is celebrated by Indigenous communities and Australians from all walks of life. To find out more about the week, visit: https://www.naidoc.org.au.
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