Women fo­cus of NAIDOC Week

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Therese Colman

NAIDOC Week 2018 will cel­e­brate the in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tions of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der women to their fam­i­lies and coun­try, and Mar­garet River res­i­dents are in­vited to get in­volved in all lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Cel­e­brat­ing this year’s theme, Be­cause of Her, We Can, the Un­dalup As­so­ci­a­tion will run the Act-Be­long-Com­mit Makuru NAIDOC Week Fes­ti­val from this Sun­day un­til Satur­day, July 14.

Un­dalup chair­man Zac Webb said his fam­ily would pay spe­cial trib­ute to his grand­mother Vilma, who died a few years ago.

“Next week is a cel­e­bra­tion of our cul­ture and of our peo­ple, but in par­tic­u­lar women and all women in gen­eral,” Mr Webb said. “We’re car­ry­ing on my grand­mother’s work to ed­u­cate, teach and nur­ture our cul­ture into the fu­ture.”

While most of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s events would be held in Bus­sel­ton, Mr Webb said Mar­garet River was a spe­cial part of the Wadandi coun­try and a fo­cal point in re­flect­ing on Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture in the com­ing week.

“This coun­try gave birth to us, just as the women gave life to us, and just like blood­lines, the river feeds us and gives us life,” he said.

“We in­vite ev­ery­one from the com­mu­ni­ties to get in­volved.”

Visit un­dalup.com/naidoc-2018.

Pic­ture: Therese Colman

The Un­dalup As­so­ci­a­tion's Zac Webb, and par­ents Toni and Wayne, en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to get in­volved with NAIDOC Week ac­tiv­i­ties.

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