Didgeridoo player Shane Nelson performs at the 2014 NAIDOC Week gathering.
Didgeridoo player Shane Nelson performs at the 2014 NAIDOC Week gathering.

NAIDOC Week cultural gathering in Bellingen this Tuesday

TO CELEBRATE and acknowledge NAIDOC Week in the Bellingen Shire, elders and local land council representatives will share their culture in a special ceremony at 10am in Maam Gaduying Park.

Councillors and staff, Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre and Indigenous Community Links will share a traditional Welcome to Country in Gumbaynggirr language, a flag raising ceremony, music, dance, games, library activities and a bush tucker morning tea.

The origins of NAIDOC, which stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920's.

These groups sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

So NAIDOC Week has emerged as a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

This year's theme is 'We all stand on sacred ground - learn, respect and celebrate' which aims to highlight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea.

Bellingen Mayor Mark Troy, will raise the Aboriginal flag with Aunty Jessie Williams.

"It is essential we recognise and celebrate the oldest, continuing living culture on the planet," Cr Troy said.

"Not just during NAIDOC Week but at all times.

"Bellingen Shire Council is committed to supporting NAIDOC events at local schools and in the general community and other initiatives and activities that celebrate Aboriginal culture and heritage."



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