Garla ngarraangiya ngiyambandiya ngawaawa
NAIDOC Week in Bellingen features two major gatherings with traditional language and storytelling at the heart of the matter.
Our Languages Matter - Garla ngarraangiya ngiyambandiya ngawaawa - is the theme for this year's activities with the focus on the essential role Indigenous languages play in cultural identity.
This Thursday at 10.30am Aunty Jessie Williams will be joined by Mayor Dominic King in Maam Gaduying Park to raise the Aboriginal flag.
"It is essential we recognise and celebrate the oldest, continuing living culture on the planet,” Cr King said.
"Not just during NAIDOC Week but at all time.”
The ceremony will include a traditional Welcome to Country in Gumbaynggirr language by Dylan Kelly, music by Janugiina, dancing and a bush tucker morning tea.
Bellingen Library will be screening My Story Matters, a series of documentary stories about Australian First Nations role models made by high school students.
Also screening is Show Me The Way, featuring Nambucca Valley celebrity chef Clayton Donovan, artist Stephanie Gollan and athlete Patrick Johnson.
On Wednesday from 10am, Bellingen Library will host Aboriginal story time with readings from the books How The Birds Got Their Colours and How The Kangaroos Got Their Tails.
Mayor King said this is a time to celebrate Indigenous Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.
"It is an opportunity to recognise the contributions Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
"We are committed to supporting NAIDOC events at local schools and in the general community and other initiatives and activities that celebrate culture and heritage.”