Cel­e­brate our first peo­ple

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - For de­tails of all events go to aus­trali­a­day.com.au

AN IM­POR­TANT part of Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions is hon­our­ing our na­tion’s first peo­ple.

Mem­bers of Sydney’s in­dige­nous com­mu­nity will give an insight into their cul­ture in three sa­cred cer­e­monies around the Sydney Har­bour fore­shore on Jan­uary 26: the WugulOra, Smok­ing and Sun­set cer­e­monies.

From 7.30am, spec­ta­tors can view the WugulOra cer­e­mony, which ac­knowl­edges Aus­tralia’s tra­di­tional landown­ers, at Baranga­roo or the Sydney Har­bour Bridge.

The Abo­rig­i­nal flag will be raised with the Aus­tralian flag on the Sydney Har­bour Bridge. Then Jes­sica Mauboy will per­form the na­tional an­them atop the bridge, in Sydney Abo­rig­i­nal lan­guage and in English.

At 11.45am, more than 500 chil­dren from the NSW Pub­lic Schools Choir will take part in an an­cient Abo­rig­i­nal smok­ing cer­e­mony un­der the guidance of Abo­rig­i­nal el­ders.

There are seven smok­ing cer­e­monies tak­ing place around the har­bour.

“This is a tra­di­tional cleans­ing rit­ual to ac­knowl­edge our an­ces­tors and pay re­spect to the land and sea of coun­try, as well as to em­brace the many dif­fer­ent cul­tures that make Aus­tralia what it is to­day,” said Un­cle Max Har­ri­son, from the Yuin peo­ple.

To mark the end of the day, a tra­di­tional Abo­rig­i­nal sun­set cer­e­mony will run from 8pm at Baranga­roo.

Pic­ture: BREN­DAN READ

Tra­di­tional smok­ing cer­e­monies will be among in­dige­nous events on Aus­tralia Day at Sydney Har­bour.

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