Community shares stories during NAIDOC Week

7 August 2019|Community News| Off Comments off on Community shares stories during NAIDOC Week|

COMMUNITIES from the northern suburbs have gathered at the Karadi Aboriginal Corporation in Goodwood to celebrate National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Celebration (NAIDOC) Week with a family fun day and flag raising ceremony.

NAIDOC Week is held from the first Sunday of July and is about celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, with there being a different theme each year.

The theme for this year was: ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth.’

Attendees enjoyed a barbecue, a Welcome to Country Ceremony and various activities.

The Karadi team said the family fun day was about acknowledging the Aboriginal community and sharing its stories.

“It serves the whole community,” Karadi Aboriginal Corporation family and youth worker Mark Watterson said.

“It was an inclusive event, with Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals all being welcome.”

Mr Watterson said it was important for children to learn about Aboriginal culture to help work together for a shared future.

“It makes them feel proud of who they are and what their people before them achieved, and then they can pass on the stories to other kids and other cultures,” he said.

Karadi Aboriginal Corporation is a neighbourhood house that deals in a wide range of programs to support Aboriginal men, women and youth and provide them with a strong cultural identity, good health and quality of life.

Aboriginal community member Janice Ross, who performed the Welcome to Country during the flag ceremony, said NAIDOC week for her was a time for the community to come together.

“We celebrate, we stand strong, we’re proud, we talk about and highlight our achievements in everything we do,” she said.

“NAIDOC Week is a time to thank my country for all that it does in supporting not only me, but our future generations and the continuing voices of our elders.

“We’ve had a voice here and there’s been a lot of non-Aboriginal people as well, so they’ve been able to experience what a part of our identity is through language, our cultural foods and connecting with the community by having those conversations and sharing each other’s stories.”

Lutana resident Douglas Mansell said he was proud of his Aboriginal heritage and hoped to share his culture through traditional music.

“It is important to learn, and I’ve always said if non-Indigenous people want to learn about our culture, let them learn it,” he said.

Caption: The Karadi Aboriginal Corporation team celebrate NAIDOC Week with a family fun day and flag raising ceremony.

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