NAIDOC

EVENTS TO CEL­E­BRATE CUL­TURE

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News -

The City of Rock­ing­ham is set to ac­knowl­edge and cel­e­brate NAIDOC Week with a se­ries of free com­mu­nity events to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to learn more about, and cel­e­brate dif­fer­ent as­pects of, Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tures.

NAIDOC Week is held each year to cel­e­brate the his­tory, cul­ture and achieve­ments of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ples and will be held from July 2-9.

The theme is Our Lan­guages Mat­ter, which high­lights and cel­e­brates the unique and essen­tial role in­dige­nous lan­guages play in cul­tural iden­tity.

Mayor Barry Sam­mels said all com­mu­nity mem­bers were in­vited to be in­volved in the free events in Rock­ing­ham this NAIDOC Week.

“There is some­thing for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing a NAIDOC cel­e­bra­tion day, bush tucker tast­ings, a com­mu­nity dot paint­ing event, a kids’ art work­shop and a NAIDOC sto­ry­time,” Mr Sam­mels said.

The Rock­ing­ham NAIDOC Week cel­e­bra­tion event will be held at the Gary Hol­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to­day from 10.30am-1pm.

The whole com­mu­nity is wel­come to go along and en­joy cul­tural per­for­mances, com­mu­nity stalls and fun ac­tiv­i­ties.

Noon­gar Ra­dio will broad­cast live from the event and guests will en­joy per­for­mances by the Yonga Boys, the Mad­ji­til Moorna Choir and the Kaa Kaa Mid­dars, a lo­cal dance group formed by stu­dents from Cooloongup Pri­mary School and Rock­ing­ham Se­nior High School.

“Hav­ing the event just be­fore NAIDOC Week of­fi­cially starts pro­vides an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to en­gage lo­cal schools, as per­form­ers as well as par­tic­i­pants,” Mr Sam­mels said

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the City on 9528 0333 or cus­tomer@ rock­ing­ham.wa.gov.au or visit rock in­g­ham.wa.gov.au.

Pic­ture: City of Rock­ing­ham

The Yonga Boys will per­form at the Rock­ing­ham NAIDOC cel­e­bra­tion event to­day.

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