Anyone who’s been to our NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony knows it’s an event not to be missed!
This year will be no exception, with the exciting news that the Djirri Djirri dance group (pictured at our Nhanbu Gurru Festival last year) will be joining us as we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
There’ll also be a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony by a Wurundjeri Elder, cultural activities, storytelling, bush bouquets and sampling of delicious cakes made from bush tucker by Yarn Strong Sista, and yidarki (didgeridoo).
The event is held during NAIDOC Week, which is a chance for all Australians to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for a better future.
This year’s theme is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future’, acknowledging the achievements which have been made towards Treaty and our shared futures.
This year is also the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages. We’ve been working closely with Wurundjeri to help bring back Woi wurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri people, the Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways of Moonee Valley.
Last year we signed a Statement of Commitment with the Wurundjeri People, underpinned by the key principles of respect (gahgook), recognition (ngarngaith) and relationships (djerri). There’s a few words you can take home with you now!
This week is an important time to recognise the ongoing struggle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have a decision-making role in Australia’s democracy and is recognition of their unique place in Australian history and society.
So make sure you join us at the Incinerator Gallery next Monday, 8 July from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.