NAIDOC week celebrations in Forster

Published on 03 July 2018

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The team at MidCoast Council, in conjunction with Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council, invite community members to celebrate NAIDOC week next Monday 9 July.

The National Aboriginal and Islanders Day of Observance Committee (NAIDOC) holds a week-long celebration each year across Australia, this year from 8 to 15 July, to acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples. Its origins can be traced to Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s who sought to increase awareness of Indigenous people. 

This year's NAIDOC Week theme, “Because Of Her, We Can", celebrates the invaluable contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made, and continue to make, to our communities and families. Celebrations locally include a flag-raising ceremony which will take place at MidCoast Council’s Forster office, 10.30am on Monday 9 July, followed by morning tea.

“It’s an exciting community event that celebrates our Indigenous population, their contribution to our local community, and their rich cultural traditions that are an important part of our national culture” says Lyndie Hepple, Community Strengthening Coordinator, MidCoast Council. “Everyone is welcome to come along and be part of this year’s event, and share a yarn or two over a delicious morning tea”.

For more information about NAIDOC week, its history and activities taking place across Australia, visit www.naidoc.org.au/