NAIDOC Week in the Highlands

CELEBRATING CULTURE: Patrick Logan and Peter Swain play the Didgeridoo during the opening of NAIDOC Week celebrations in 2016. Photo: Lauren Strode

CELEBRATING CULTURE: Patrick Logan and Peter Swain play the Didgeridoo during the opening of NAIDOC Week celebrations in 2016. Photo: Lauren Strode

NAIDOC Week will run from July 2-9 in 2017 and there will be plenty of events happening in the Highlands.

On Monday, July 3 Wingecarribee Shire Council will hold an opening ceremony.

This will include raising of the flags, a welcome to country and presentation of the Williams and Cosgrove Scholarship award.

The 1967 Referendum Community Art Project will be unveiled at the event and the Traditional Song and Dance project that has taken place at Bowral High, Moss Vale High and Mittagong Public will be launched.

The Ngaran Ngaran traditional dancers will also perform.

On Tuesday, July 4 National Parks and Wildlife Service discovery rangers will host Finding Food in the Forest sessions at Fitzroy Falls Information Centre.

The two sessions will be held from 10.30am-12pm and 1.30pm-3pm.

Call 4887 7270 to book.

Another session will be held on Saturday, July 8 from 2.30pm-4pm.

A NAIDOC family fun day will be hosted by the Yamanda Aboriginal Association on Sunday, July 9.

Yamanda Aboriginal Association Incorporated received a $1000 grant from the state government to help fund the event.

There will be a jumping castle, barbecue, artefacts, children’s activities, bush medicine and foods and information about local services and organisations.

The family fun day will be held at the Aboriginal Community and Cultural Centre in Mittagong.

The centre is located at 1A Rainbow Road, Mittagong.

The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

The week provides Australians with opportunities to participate in a range of activities and to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

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