We hope you have been well and keeping warm as the Canberra Winter approaches.
We would like to pay our respects to the Ngunnawal people, the traditional custodians of the land in which we live and work. We would also like to acknowledge our Aboriginal and Torres Strait supporters and peers and thank you for the support you give and work you do in the Canberra community.
Here at the Foundation, we’re grateful to work with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners to support initiatives that encourage healing while fostering cultural connection.
The “Beautiful Shawls” initiative helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to feel more comfortable and culturally nurtured when attending their breast cancer screening – with gifted shawls designed by Wiradjuri artist Kristie Peters providing dignity and comfort.
This program is funded through the Foundation by Calleo Indigenous.
Wiradjuri man Roy Peterson fills the corridors and wards of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children with the calming notes of the Didgeridoo every Monday morning – as part of the Didgeridoo Music Program. The program is made possible through a generous donor.
Generosity from our community has also enabled beautiful artwork like Ocean Edge, by Canberra-based Contemporary Aboriginal Artist, Leah Brideson, which is just one of the artworks that adorns the walls of many areas throughout the health services.
We are committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health consumers, carers, and staff and are proud to continue to work alongside and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led initiatives.