- Thursday 25 June 2015
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The 2015 NAIDOC Week theme "We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate" highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the annual flag raising ceremony at Nambour was a Council tradition to acknowledge and celebrate NAIDOC week and the community is invited to attend at 10am on Monday, July 6 at Council’s Nambour office courtyard.
“Guest speakers, didgeridoo playing and traditional stories, and a selection of artworks by Sunshine Coast artist and Gubbi Gubbi, Wakka Wakka woman Hope O Chin are all part of this special celebration,” Cr McKay said.
“The Art and Stories of Hope exhibition will be on display in Nambour Library for the month of July and explores themes of listening, healing and reconciliation through the artist’s experiences and memories.
“In addition, our library adult literacy classes and conversation classes will explore the meaning of NAIDOC week.”
Cr McKay said NAIDOC Week celebrations would not be complete without a visit to Caloundra Regional Gallery to witness the thought provoking East Coast Encounter exhibition of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, writers and songwriters on display from July 1 until August 16.
“Children don’t miss out on the fun with two cultural workshops at Caloundra Regional Gallery to choose from. They can learn how to make their own mini bark canoe on Tuesday, July 7 and how to make a traditional rope bookmark or friendship bracelet on Friday, July 10,” Cr McKay said.
“At these workshops, traditional Gubbi Gubbi custodians Lyndon Davis and Brent Miller will present storytelling on local Aboriginal history, teach children about the different tools used by the local Aboriginal people, perform a Welcome to Country with didgeridoo presentation and traditional fire lighting demonstration.”