A FEELING of pride comes over Heather Monaghan as the sounds of the didgeridoo float across the courtyard of Grafton Base Hospital.

Heather is a decendant of the Bundjalung tribe, and an elder in the local community, and says to see the past traditions flow through her family makes her happy.

It is something, her daughter, and Oral's mother Carmel Monaghan says was always taught.

"It's very important to keep our identity going through the generations," she said.

NAIDOC organiser at Grafton Base Hospital Carmel Monaghan, with her granddaughter, Grace,5, mother and Bundjalung elder Heather and son Oral Monaghan.
NAIDOC organiser at Grafton Base Hospital Carmel Monaghan, with her granddaughter, Grace,5, mother and Bundjalung elder Heather and son Oral Monaghan. Adam Hourigan

Carmel is the Aboriginal Liason Officer, and organises the annual NAIDOC week event at the hospital, including a flag raising, a morning tea and the cutting of a cake to mark the event by local elders.

"It's something that the staff and members of the community can be part of to raise awareness for the week," Carmel said.

And with Oral's four children in through the crowd making it four generations of the family present, Carmel said she was confident that in instilling a sense of culture and identity in her children, that it would continue through the generations to come.

Bundjalung elders appluad as Grafton Base Hospital executive officer Dan Madden raises the Aboriginal flag at the hospital's NAIDOC week celebration.
Bundjalung elders appluad as Grafton Base Hospital executive officer Dan Madden raises the Aboriginal flag at the hospital's NAIDOC week celebration. Adam Hourigan
 

NAIDOC week celebrations continue today at the Grafton Showground with the NAIDOC Family Fun Day.

From 10am-3pm, there isa free BBQ lunch, and elders tent, traditional dance, information stalls and a fashion parade.

Down river on Friday, the annual Terry Randall Golf Day will be held at the Maclean Golf Club, followed by the Awards and Entertainment Night at the Maclean RSL.

 

Bundjalung elders gather with senior Grafton Base Hospital staff to celebrate NAIDOC week at the hospital.
Bundjalung elders gather with senior Grafton Base Hospital staff to celebrate NAIDOC week at the hospital. Adam Hourigan


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