NAIDOC shows the im­por­tance of his­tory

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

BE­ING a jour­nal­ist in the North Bur­nett gives me a chance to cover unique and im­por­tant sto­ries.

NAIDOC Week is one of those times which pre­sented an op­por­tu­nity for me I rarely, if ever, had a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore join­ing the com­mu­nity in 2015.

While the im­por­tance of in­dige­nous his­tory and cul­ture is cel­e­brated in each town and city I’ve lived in, none of those places were quite as in touch with the his­tory of the land as the North Bur­nett.

Hear­ing sto­ries I had never heard be­fore from prom­i­nent peo­ple within the in­dige­nous com­mu­nity gave me ex­tra per­spec­tive, as it should.

Com­mu­nity is a pow­er­ful thing, an­other of the lessons I’ve learned in the past two years, and the com­mu­nity sup­port for NAIDOC Week was ev­i­dent.

There was sup­port from all cor­ners of the com­mu­nity.

I’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated by his­tory with­out truly ap­pre­ci­at­ing the old­est liv­ing cul­ture in the world is the one we cel­e­brate for NAIDOC Week.

❝ Com­mu­nity is a pow­er­ful thing, an­other of the lessons I’ve learned in the past two years.

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