For Dan Knapp, NAIDOC Week is a time to not only celebrate and share culture, but also reflect on the adversity that our nation’s First People have faced and overcome.

Dan is a member of the team tasked with developing NAPHL’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and said it is important for everyone from all walks of life to celebrate and learn about Indigenous culture.

“NAIDOC is a great week to connect, celebrate and share indigenous culture with our community,” Dan said.“I also like to take time to reflect on the adversity that our nation’s first people have faced and have overcome.

“I think it is important because it’s a great opportunity to learn more about our indigenous history and perspectives, it demonstrates our country and community’s commitment to reconciliation and it’s a great opportunity to celebrate one of the longest living cultures on the planet.”

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Dan brings an important perspective to NAPHL’s RAP Working Group owing to his diverse heritage, with his father being a non Indigenous Australian and his mother an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman from the Wuthathi mob of Shelburne Bay in the Eastern Cape region and Erub people of Darnley Island in the north east of the Torres Strait Islands.

“My family are very close, we spend time with our large extended family as often as possible to ensure the load in our family is shared and our nieces and nephews understand our way of caring and looking out for each other.

“We like to spend time together cooking and eating our cultural foods.

“I play and paint didgeridoos with my nephews and practice Aboriginal art and traditional Torres Strait cooking with my children.”

Twenty per cent of NAPHL’s workforce currently identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

Their voices are central in discussions around recognition, reconciliation and fostering mutually respectful, meaningful, and inclusive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across our region.

NAPHL aspires to be a place where reconciliation and recognition is embedded as the shared responsibility and commitment of everyone across our entire organisation and so the organisation’s RAP Working Group is made up of both indigenous and non-indigenous representatives from across the organisation, as well as external First Nations people.