Cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

NAIDOC Week is a time when in­dige­nous and non­Indige­nous Aus­tralians come to­gether and cel­e­brate the his­tory, cul­ture and achieve­ments of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ples.

And this year the re­gion has a week full of events in­clud­ing the re­turn of the much-loved NAIDOC Baby Show, where all Dou­glas babies and their par­ents/car­ers are in­vited to join in.

Or­gan­iser Julie Wil­liams said the babies are judged on per­son­al­ity, smiles and re­sponses.

“It gives the par­ents an op­por­tu­nity to so­cialise and there is also a cat­e­gory for the most at­ten­tive mum or dad on the day,” she said.

The age cat­e­gories are zero to six-months, six-months to one-year and tod­dlers two to three-years.

The NAIDOC Baby Show is on Tues­day July 10, en­try into the com­pe­ti­tion is $5 and in­cludes a light meal.

NAIDOC week is also about rais­ing aware­ness of is­sues fac­ing Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ples and this year is honour­ing 40 years of the Tent Em­bassy, which was es­tab­lished on the old par­lia­ment house grounds in Can­berra.

The Tent Em­bassy uni­fied in­dige­nous and non-in­dige­nous sup­port­ers na­tion­ally in the plight of po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion and equal­ity and was the start of the na­tional ef­fort to close the gap be­tween in­dige­nous and non-in­dige­nous Aus­tralians.

One of the ar­eas of con­cern is health and to kick off NAIDOC Week cel­e­bra­tions in Moss­man there will be a Deadly Fun Run honour­ing the Tent Em­bassy.

The Fun Run is part of the in­dige­nous marathon pro­ject and vol­un­teer Larissa Walker said it’s a healthy and fun op­tion for ev­ery­one and there will be a bar­be­cue break­fast at the fin­ish line.

“It’s an­other way to bring peo­ple to­gether to talk about NAIDOC week and what the Tent Em­bassy was about - it started with lots of peo­ple com­ing to­gether for a cause,” she said.

“Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait is­lan­der health is re­ally bad com­pared to the rest of Aus­tralia and this is one way we can get to­gether and do our bit to make our lives a bit health­ier.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on any of the NAIDOC Week cel­e­bra­tions con­tact the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity projects of­fi­cer on 4099 9418. said there will be all the great things about camp­ing - fire, cook­ing, fishing, damper and dream­time and an early morn­ing kayak.

“NAIDOC this year is cel­e­brat­ing the Tent Em­bassy 40 years on so let’s get out and camp, we have got the tents com­ing in from Back Coun­try Bliss and the early morn­ing kayak,” she said.

BYO sleep­ing gear and swags, book­ings are es­sen­tial, con­tact Robyn Hind at the youth cen­tre on 4098 1487.

Tal­ented: 10-month-old Don­ald Solomon Ju­nior prac­tis­ing for the NAIDOC Baby Show

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