NAIDOC week is all about celebrating the history, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme for NAIDOC week is about healing country and is celebrated by many Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people from all walks of life. For Tiliter Service Technician, Ryan Cusack, this week is particularly important.
Ryan is a proud Indigenous man who hails from Kalkadoon and Mitakoodi country in Northwest Queensland. We asked Ryan to share what this NAIDOC week means to him.
“To me this week is about reflection, identity and creating a better future! As we know this country's history has been tainted with poor treatment of Indigenous people since the early days of colonisation. This week has been the culmination of over 100 years of every day Indigenous members of the community to fight for fairer treatment of our rights as a people.”
Ryan recently participated in an online seminar to discuss how the history of European colonisation and animal agriculture has affected the Australian ecosystem, including native animal populations once kept at bay.
This year’s theme fits nicely with Ryan’s plant-based lifestyle, which he believes can benefit the environment, and is a good way for all of us to contribute to healing country.
“A great way we can positively change our lifestyle habits would be to shift to plant-based eating in some form or manner. It’s a great way to reduce your individual footprint every day. A favourite place of mine to eat is The Lily Pad Cafe. It’s walking distance from our offices in Ultimo, Sydney and is Indigenous owned and operated. Their menu has so many great plant-based alternatives.”
With dishes such as native layered cheesecake with native fruit spice crumble, a cashew cream cheese and Davison plum coulis, we don’t need much convincing!
Ryan says that working at Tiliter aligns well with his environmental values, because they are shared by the company and the rest of the team.
This NAIDOC week, Ryan shared his story with the team and suggested how we could all get involved by participating in the celebration from wherever we are, including online. Click on this link and learn more about NAIDOC week, do some research and find an event near you.