The Region Celebrates NAIDOC Week- 2-9 July 2017

 

 

Nooda kurra! Good Day!

NAIDOC Week celebrations will commence in the Region and across Australia on Sunday 2 July 2017. This is one of the best opportunities to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture, talent and resilience.

NAIDOC week, which is celebrated annually in the full first week of July, stands for ‘National Aboriginal and Islanders Day of Observance Committee’. The week began in 1957 when Aboriginal organisations, state and federal governments, and a number of church groups came together to support its formation. However, its roots can be traced back to the 1920s, and the 1938 Day of Mourning March and conference.

It is a week when Australia celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and communities and recognises the valuable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make to our country.

The National NAIDOC Committee has announced the 2017 National NAIDOC theme – ‘Our Languages Matter’.

“The 2017 theme aims to celebrate the essential role that Indigenous languages play in both cultural identity, linking people to their land and water, and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song,” the Committee says.

The Gudjala people are the traditional owners of approximately 10,617 square kilometres of lands in an area generally known as Northern Queensland, in the local government areas of Etheridge, Flinders and Charters Towers Region. Meaning good day, Nooda kurra, is a traditonal greeting in the Gudjala language. 

Some of the activities planned for Region this year include:

 Sunday, 2 July 2017                                                      9:00am

Flag raising ceremony, Edmeades Park; followed by a morning tea and introduction into local Gudjala artist Tania Ault Dillinga’s Dreaming Art Studio

Thursday, 6 July 2017                      5:30pm                                Junior Disco (ages 4 to 10 years) 
Thursday, 6 July 2017 7:00pm Senior Disco (ages 11-17 years)
Friday, 7 July 2017 9:30am Street March, Gill Street
Friday, 7 July 2017 12:00pm Family Fun Day, Centenary Park
Saturday, 8 July 2017 7:30am Touch Football Carnival, Friemann Oval
Sunday, 9 July 2017 10:00am Remembrance & Respect Ceremony, Charters Towers Cemetery

 

Later in the month there will be the Shirley Huxley 20/20 cricket match at Mosman Park.

In celebration of NAIDOC Week,  the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag will be flown next to the Australian National Flag at Council’s Administration Centre and City Hall from 2-9 July 2017.. 

Everyone is encouraged to get involved, and help celebrate our cultural diversity.

Nooda kurra!

 

 

 

DV 30 June 2017


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