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