NAIDOC celebrates ‘embassy'
IT WAS a colourful start to NAIDOC Week.
The front of Coffs Harbour City Council's Chambers hosted a group of more than 50 interested onlookers as it hosted a flag raising ceremony to kick off a week of celebrations.
"Over the years we've seen the NAIDOC Week events and celebrations continue to grow bigger and better every year and they have become one of the most important weeks on the council's and the community's annual calendar," Mayor Keith Rhoades said.
This year's NAIDOC Theme is Spirit of the Tent Embassy 40 Years On, which aims to acknowledge and recognise the struggle and effort of those involved in the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on the front lawn of the old Parliament House in Canberra. "As Australians, we all acknowledge the significance of this pivotal moment in our shared history for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples," Cr Rhoades said.
A highlight of NAIDOC Week locally is the Coffs Harbour City Council's Awards, given in recognition of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' efforts and contribution.
This year's Art and Culture Awards junior category was won by Marley Dungay, and senior category by Yawarr Ngujawiny Dance group.
The Education awards junior category was won by Gemma Wolter, and senior category joint winners were Noelene Faulkes, Judith Peen and Patricia Wallace.
The Sports awards junior category was won by Kaitlin Reeves and senior category by Janelle Hurley.