Schools cel­e­brate NAIDOC week and In­dige­nous women

Alpine Observer - - News -

DE­SPITE Na­tional Abo­rig­i­nal Is­lan­der Day of Cel­e­bra­tions (NAIDOC) Week fall­ing in the school hol­i­days, stu­dents from schools across the Alpine Shire have done their best to join in the cel­e­bra­tion.

Lo­cal schools and Alpine Shire Coun­cil con­tinue to work to­gether to en­sure par­tic­i­pa­tion in the week that pro­motes re­spect and har­mony within the com­mu­nity.

The theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week is ‘Be­cause of her, we can!’ which is cel­e­brat­ing the es­sen­tial role that Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der women have played - and con­tinue to play - as ac­tive and sig­nif­i­cant role mod­els in all ar­eas across the coun­try.

Pri­mary and sec­ondary school stu­dents across the Alpine Shire took part in a mix of ac­tiv­i­ties in the lead up to NAIDOC Week (July 8-15) in­clud­ing colour­ing in, cre­ative writ­ing and es­say writ­ing.

Alpine Shire Coun­cil’s man­ager of eco­nomic and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment Elaine Bur­ridge said the ini­tia­tive pro­vides an ed­u­ca­tional com­po­nent to the cel­e­bra­tions and pro­motes re­spect and har­mony within the shire’s schools and com­mu­ni­ties.

“Each year this ini­tia­tive has grown and the part­ner­ship be­tween our lo­cal schools and coun­cil is a cru­cial link to this suc­cess,” she said.

“The aim of the schools ini­tia­tive is to pro­vide our school chil­dren with a greater un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of friend­ship and cul­tural di­ver­sity.

“The com­pe­ti­tion re­flects Abo­rig­i­nal an­ces­try and aims to pro­mote the growth of pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes in all stu­dents to­wards Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple.”

Art­works from Myrtleford school stu­dents are cur­rently on dis­play at the town’s li­brary.

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