A range of local community events are planned to celebrate NAIDOC Week that will take place nationally from Sunday 7 July to 14 July.
NAIDOC Week is a time for all Australians to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This year's theme is Voice, Treaty, Truth - Let's work together for a shared future and highlights the desire of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have a seat at the bargaining table in discussions of Constitutional reform and treaties; and for a truthful depiction of colonisation to underpin the narrative of Australian history.
Local events will kick-off at 10.00am on Monday 8 July with the Birpai Gamba (Call Out) and Welcome to Country at the Glasshouse forecourt in Port Macquarie, followed by a community march to the Town Green for the annual flag raising ceremony.
The popular NAIDOC Community Fun Days will also take place again this year, commencing at 9.30am on Tuesday at the Indoor Stadium in Wauchope, and 10am on Thursday at the Race Course in Port Macquarie.
The fun days will include traditional dances; art workshops and the opportunity for people to listen to local elders tell yarns and stories about the past.
There will also be lots of fun for the kids, bush tucker tastings as well as special performances by Gambirra Mob, for all ages to enjoy. Aboriginal Liaison Officer Kelly O'Brien said NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity for all Australians to come together to create a shared future.
"Recognising our past is critical to ensuring that all Australians, no matter your background, culture or creed can walk together as one moving forward," said Ms O'Brien.
"Our local NAIDOC Week events are available to everyone, from the Birpai Gamba to the community fun days; they recognise our local Birpai people and are a great way for our whole community to learn more about local Aboriginal history and culture."
Other celebrations during NAIDOC Week include the NAIDOC Cup at Dixie Park, a Children's Fishing Workshop in Wauchope and the Annual Aboriginal Men's Golf Day and Women's Barefoot Bowls Challenge.
"Council encourages the entire community to come together to learn more about and celebrate our local Aboriginal culture at this year's NAIDOC celebrations," added Ms O'Brien. For the full list of events celebrating NAIDOC Week 2019 visit www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/naidocweek
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