The achievements of Mitchell Shire’s local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will be celebrated with a traditional march and new awards ceremony in Seymour as part of NAIDOC Week.
NAIDOC Week, from 8-15 July 2018, is an annual nationwide celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
It is marked not only in Aboriginal communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
Council has once again partnered with the Seymour Local Aboriginal Network to help run the NAIDOC Week Parade in Seymour on Wednesday 11 July.
The celebration, from 10.30am to 2pm, will feature a traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony from Taungurung Elders and the new NAIDOC Awards, which will recognise a range of people nominated for their contributions to the enriching the lives of our Aboriginal community. There will also be food stalls and free family-friendly activities.
The parade will begin at 11am along Station and Tallarook streets, finishing at Kings Park. A mini-bus will be available for Elders and people who can’t walk the distance.
According to the Seymour Local Aboriginal Network, the NAIDOC Parade has grown every year since the first event in 2016, with increased support from the community and local organisations and businesses.
“With the addition of the NAIDOC Week Awards, family-friendly activities and tucker and information stalls, we hope to have even more local community members come along this year to celebrate NAIDOC Week and enjoy a fantastic day out over the school holidays,” the group said.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said NAIDOC Week was a fantastic way to recognise the vast contributions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our community.
“Mitchell Shire has a rich and proud Indigenous history and NAIDOC Week is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate these fantastic cultures, traditions and achievements of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents,” Cr Sanderson said.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.
For more information on the NAIDOC parade and celebration, please contact Josh Atkinson at the Local Aboriginal Network on 0427 438 379.