19 Nov NAIDOC Week Celebrations
NAIDOC Week Celebrations were held from Sunday 8 November to Sunday 15 November to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week provided a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to show support to your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
NAIDOC Week is usually held in July each year, however, due to COVID-19, the National NAIDOC Committee postponed the festivities in the interest of safety for all communities.
On Thursday November 12, Gladstone’s NAIDOC Committee hosted a Family Day and Expo at Barney Point Park, which featured an array of food, music, and traditional dancing.
Yaleela Torrens a Counsellor and Play Therapist at the Gladstone’s Women’s Health Centre said,
“NAIDOC Week is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, it is incredibly important this year due to the theme ‘Always Was, Always Will be’ which recognizes and pays respect to the oldest living culture in the world.”
“The theme to me, means that we are recognized, and we are embraced for continuing to survive in this country. We are still here, we are a very resilient people and we know that this was and always will be Aboriginal land.”
The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum (GRAGM) will recognize the week by highlighting a First Nation’s cultural collection of items including drawings, prints, paintings, 3D digital works and engaging stories.
This exhibition, to be held in the gallery’s Museum Room, will be open during NAIDOC Week and then for an extended period over the festive season.