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NAIDOC Week Celebrations in Wyndham

NAIDOC week in Wyndham

Join the Community to Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History, Culture, and Achievements from 8 July

Wyndham City is gearing up for NAIDOC Week celebrations, a significant time for honouring the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The community is invited to participate in a series of events starting with a flag-raising ceremony on Monday, 8 July.

NAIDOC Week: A Time for Celebration and Reflection

NAIDOC Week, held annually across Australia in July, celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme, “Keep the fire burning! Blak, loud and proud,” aims to inspire pride and recognition within the community.

Wyndham City’s celebrations will kick off with a flag-raising ceremony at the Civic Centre. This event marks the beginning of various activities designed to engage and educate the community about the cultural heritage of First Nations people.

Historical Significance of NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week has its roots in the Day of Mourning, which took place on 26 January 1938. On this day, 1000 Aboriginal people gathered at Australia Hall in Sydney to call for full citizenship status and improved laws. This historic event marked one of the earliest major civil rights gatherings in the world, laying the groundwork for ongoing advocacy and recognition.

A Diverse Schedule of Events

Wyndham’s NAIDOC Week will feature a variety of events:

– Bushtukka Workshop: On Saturday, 6 July, from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at Hoppers Crossing, Cassie Leatham will lead a workshop on traditional Aboriginal bush food practices.

– The Last Daughter Movie Screening: On Wednesday, 10 July, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, there will be a screening of the documentary “The Last Daughter,” offering insights into the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

– Western NAIDOC Running Festival:On Sunday, 21 July, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Werribee, the community is invited to participate in the running festival, promoting health and unity.

Wyndham City Mayor, Cr Jennie Barrera, emphasized the importance of these celebrations. “Our First Nations days of commemoration and celebration touch on many issues. It gives us an opportunity for respectful recognition, acknowledgement, and truth-telling of First Nations histories across Wyndham. Truth and empathy are important tools on the road to reconciliation.”

A Call for Unity and Reconciliation

NAIDOC Week presents an opportunity for the Wyndham community to come together, learn, and celebrate. It is a time to reflect on the past, understand the present, and work towards a future of mutual respect and reconciliation. As the celebrations unfold, the hope is that the community can bridge divides, appreciate diversity, and support the ongoing journey towards reconciliation.

By embracing the spirit of NAIDOC Week, Wyndham City aims to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, ensuring their contributions are recognized and celebrated.

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