by Manager, Offender Development, Gail Kingsford

Brisbane Elders were amongst the guests when prisoners performed dances, songs, and poems at Brisbane Correctional Centre (BCC). Prisoners also created artworks that reflected the theme and celebrated their heritage.

General Manager Bernie Kruhse opened the celebrations by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land, and noted the relationship between this year’s NAIDOC theme and the programs at BCC that assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners.

“Brisbane Correctional Centre recognises the vital need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners to take pride in their culture and identity. Without this connectedness, positive change is difficult to achieve,” said Bernie.

Bernie highlighted that through participation in regular cultural activities at BCC, including Elders’ visits and NAIDOC Week, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners are encouraged to remain connected with their heritage and to develop a sense of achievement, positive identity, and self-efficacy.

Cultural Liaison Officer, Don Williams spoke passionately about cultural connectedness (pictured above).