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Published Friday 5 July 2019
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NAIDOC Week Parade returns

A community-wide 2019 NAIDOC Parade and Celebration will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievement in Mitchell Shire.

The Local Aboriginal Network, in partnership with Council, will partner with various community groups for this year’s celebration – the annual NAIDOC parade in Seymour on Wednesday, 10 July.

The parade is now in its fourth year and provides a platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and community as a whole to come together and celebrate the achievements of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members.

Mitchell Shire Council is a proud partner of the event and supports NAIDOC Week which runs from 7 July until 14 July. The theme is Voice. Treaty. Truth.

The event will begin with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony at 10.30am before the parade starts from the corner of Crawford and McIntyre Streets, Seymour. From 11.30am until 2pm tucker, stalls and family friendly events will be held at Kings Park, Seymour.

Recently, Mitchell Shire Council launched the first-ever Acknowledging our Traditional Owners Resource Guide on Thursday, 30 May 2019.

The guide was developed so that any community member can pick it up and learn more about:

  • Acknowledgement of Country and Traditional Owners
  • Welcome to Country
  • Flags and celebrations
  • Key dates that are acknowledged throughout the year
  • Terminology and Group Names
  • The guide also highlights Mitchell Shire Council’s commitment:

The guide was written alongside Taungurung Land and Waters Council’s Matthew Burns and Kathy Mexted, Lower Hume Primary Care partnership Aboriginal Wellbeing Project’s Rebecca Walsh and the local Aboriginal Network.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

“The NAIDOC Week parade has become a staple for the Seymour community and I can’t wait to attend this event once more. Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their history, culture and achievement is very important for Mitchell Shire,” he said.

“We released the first Acknowledging our Traditional Owners Resource Guide earlier this year and we will continue to work with the Elders of the Taungurung and Wurundjeri peoples.”