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Nurturing diversity at NAIDOC

TRADITION: NAIDOC Week encourages people from all cultural backgrounds to learn about indigenous culture.
TRADITION: NAIDOC Week encourages people from all cultural backgrounds to learn about indigenous culture. David Barwell

MULTIPLE facets of Coffs Harbour's community will unite next week to host a variety of cultural events in celebration of NAIDOC Week.

Starting tomorrow, the annual event aims to celebrate the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In Coffs Harbour, the week serves as an opportunity to enjoy a range of activities and support our local Aboriginal community on Gumbaynggirr country.

The calendar of events has been co-ordinated by Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Social Events and associated organisations.

CHASE member Lachlan Skinner has been involved in NAIDOC Week for five years.

He hopes people from all backgrounds will get involved in the festivities and embrace and learn about indigenous culture.

"The thing I enjoy most about NAIDOC Week is the whole community coming together to celebrate our longest living culture," Lachlan said.

"Every year it's great but this year it's going to be better I think. I want the whole community of Coffs Harbour to celebrate it with us."

Songlines, an event similar to the singing competition The Deadly Factor, is among the activities this year and is very close to Lachlan's heart.

"You just work so hard to see all the kids there happy. It felt warm with the crowd cheering on."

"It's special, you get emotional."

For more information call Reuben Robinson on 0423 389 655.

Topics:  multicultural



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