Wingecarribee Shire Council and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community are inviting residents to join them as they celebrate this year’s NAIDOC Week activities.
Celebrations will start with the raising of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at Council’s Moss Vale Civic Centre at 10am on Monday 9 July.
Following the flag raising attendees will be invited into the Civic Centre for the official launch of the Aboriginal art exhibition, ‘Because of Her, we can!’
The morning will also feature a traditional smoking ceremony, Aboriginal poetry performances and morning tea.
Celebrations will continue across the road at the Country Women’s Association and Girl Guides halls and will include an exhibition of Aboriginal artefacts, bush tucker and medicine plant tastings, traditional games and a barbeque lunch.
Wingecarribee Shire Councillor Larry Whipper said NAIDOC Week was one of the most important annual events on Council’s calendar.
“NAIDOC Week provides the perfect opportunity for all of us to celebrate our rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and continue our journey towards reconciliation,” he said.
“This year’s theme is also incredibly powerful because it gives us all reason to pause and reflect on the role women play in our lives and the positive influence they bring to our community.”
Wingecarribee’s NAIDOC celebrations will continue through the week with a ‘Finding food in the forest’ tour at Fitzroy Falls on Tuesday 10 July and an Aboriginal art workshop at Kazcare in Bowral on Thursday 12 July.
Festivities conclude with a NAIDOC Family Fun Day at the Wingecarribee Aboriginal Community Cultural Centre on Saturday 14 July.
For more information on Wingecarribee Shire’s NAIDOC Week program of events visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/whats-on.