NAIDOC Week is held within July every year, with it’s origin being traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920’s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of First Nations Australians. NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee.
Today, it’s a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their cultures, achievements, history and is a great opportunity to recognize the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to Australia. This year’s theme is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future’, emphasizing the need to champion the voices and truths of First Nations Australian’s in order to truly move forward together. As such, listening to the knowledge, culture, language and truths of Aboriginal through their voice is central to the self-determination of First Nations people. National NAIDOC Co Chair John Paul Janke argues that “it’s time for our knowledge to be hear through our voice – an Indigenous voice of this country that is over 65, 000 plus years old”.
headspace Maitland have invited Speaking in Colour out to Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council to provide a number of Aboriginal workshops to young people in the Hunter. These workshops include Aboriginal Weaving, dance, listening to story’s by Elders and artefact making, all with the intention of listening to the truths and voices of Indigenous history and culture.
These workshops are all free but do require each person to register. Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/naidoc-week-speaking-in-colour-tickets-62293811467
When: 15 July 2019, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Where: Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council, 1A Chelmsford Drive, Metford
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See you there!