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Published Monday 28 June 2021
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Celebrate our rich Indigenous heritage during NAIDOC Week

Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Mitchell’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities at Seymour’s Kings Park on Wednesday 7 July.

The Seymour Local Aboriginal Network have partnered with Mitchell Shire Council, to celebrate NAIDOC Week which runs from 4 to 11 July.

NAIDOC Week is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The Kings Park celebration will begin at 11am with a Welcome to Country followed by a Smoking Ceremony.

From 11.30am until 2pm, there will be food stalls, displays and family-friendly events to enjoy including Army and emergency services displays, circus skills, tie-dying and Healing Country NAIDOC themed activities.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the NAIDOC Week parade will not be held this year.

Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

"Join us to celebrate Mitchell Shire’s rich and proud Indigenous history at the NAIDOC Week event," she said.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the fantastic cultures, traditions and achievements of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents."

"We work closely with our local Aboriginal community through many ongoing partnerships, programs and strategic planning. Our vision is to build an inclusive, equitable and well-connected community, based on the principle of fairness for all.

"We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, those of the Taungurung and Wurundjeri People and are committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure their culture is recognised and celebrated within the community."

This page was last updated on 28 June 2021.