NAIDOC Week a celebration of culture

Warm welcome: Amanda Byrnes and Nyree Reynolds unveiling the acknowledgement of country sign. Photo: Mark Logan.

Warm welcome: Amanda Byrnes and Nyree Reynolds unveiling the acknowledgement of country sign. Photo: Mark Logan.

As part of Blayney Health Service's Wiradjuri language signage program, and as an event to launch NAIDOC week, an acknowledgement to country has been placed at the entrance to the facility.

For Wiradjuri woman Nyree Reynolds, both the sign and NAIDOC week brings both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together.

"The sign makes the hospital a lot more welcoming for Aboriginal people and during NAIDOC week we're able to showcase Aboriginal culture in a way that we didn't very much before," she said.

Ms Reynolds says that across the schools and the community at large she feels that a change is happening for the positive.

"Especially in schools now where kids are encouraged to identify and kids don't feel ashamed to identify like they used to."

Those changes, Ms Reynolds believes, are also changing how non-Aboriginal people are behaving.

"Particularly amongst the young they're now more accepting than people used to be," she said.