UBC Day 13: National And Indigenous Day of Celebrations and the birth of Kete Maakan

Today in the midst of NAIDOC (National and Indigenous Day of Celebration) in the middle of Reconciliation week, the birth of a women’s gut-health group was born.

Last night (Thursday 12 July 2018) we held the inaugural Maakan Meet Up for local and indigenous women of Geraldton at the Mitchell Street Community Centre in Spalding.

What do you do when you get sick and tired of being sick and tired? Well, I found a gut-health program, completed it, took what I learnt and packaged it to deliver to Aboriginal Community leaders – starting with the women. But not just any women. Let me tell you all about it.

The theme for NAIDOC this year is #BecauseOfHerWeCan – celebrating indigenous and aboriginal women’s contribution to reconciliation and nation building. The theme was announced during the Women’s Voices Project tour undertaken by the Australian Federal Commissioner for Social Justice and Health, June Oscar.

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The painting completed by women at the Mitchell Street Community Centre diring NAIDOC week 2018. Artistic Director: Leslie Lee

In celebrating women its very noticeable how heavy our women are – as if they carry the weight of our Communities on their shoulders and many of them do. After a number of conversations about it, I facilitated a workshop on gut-health we called “Kete Maakan”

Kete Maakan was started by Huia Woods-Smith (that’s me!) with Lenny Papertalk during NAIDOC week as a part of #becauseofherican. It is a way to build a community of aboriginal and indigenous women who want to be more healthy, lose weight, have more energy and get rid of “brain fog”. We have decided to meet weekly at Mitchell Street Community Centre in Spalding Western Australia and have a support page, chat group, a food page and a blog/website (#ketehuia) to help answer questions and record our health journies. The gut-health and associated programs were developed from fodmaps, and other successful health well-being diets and meal plans adapted to suit indigenous and aboriginal women specifically.

Because “kete” means “basket” in Maori and “maakan” means “food” in language. So literally “Food Basket” refers to how our health is linked to our food.

We had guest speaker, Agnes Walker, share 7 generations of her matriarchal line before sharing her gut-health journey.

Agmes said one day she noticed most of her colleagues at the Health Provider she worked at were unhealthy overweight smokers. Although she herself was not a smoker and never considered herself “obese” she went on a gut-health program similar to Kete Maakan and lost 25kgs. After a few health scares and the passing of too many relatives too early, she had decided to put her health at the top. Agnes said her “why” for doing the program was to be around for her grandchildren.

Other events during NAIDOC week included an Elders lunch, mens breakfast, the JBA holiday program

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Bundiyara NAIDOC 2018
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Kete Maakan logo. The original painting hangs in the WACRH office in Geraldton

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Be blessed and be a blessing!

Huia xx

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