THIS week is NAIDOC Week, held nationally every July.
Originally standing for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’, the NAIDOC acronym has now shifted to become the name of the week itself, symbolising a week of ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day of Celebration’.
NAIDOC is held to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the week poses an opportunity to participate in a range of activities to support the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
This year, NAIDOC Week is themed ‘Because of Her, We Can’, recognising the significant and active roles Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played — and continue to play — at community, local, state and national levels.
Several events will be held locally to celebrate NAIDOC Week across Wellington Shire.
On Monday, a flag raising ceremony was held at Sale’s Ramahyuck and District Aboriginal Corporation’s headquarters in Foster St.
Female speakers spoke about the role and strength of women in the indigenous communities, and awards were presented to the community’s most prominent role models.
The didgeridoo was played by Troy Balcombe, Cultural Connections dance group held a performance, and the ceremony was followed by a barbecue lunch.
Another ceremony was held in the afternoon at Sale Hospital.
For more on these ceremonies, read Friday’s Gippsland Times.
On Wednesday, another flag raising ceremony will be held at RAAF Base East Sale from 9.30am, and on Thursday, Ramahyuck will hold a family day and lunch at St John’s Ambulance Hall at the Stead Street Oval, Sale, from 11am until 2pm.
There will be an animal farm, children’s activities and a barbecue lunch.
On Friday, the annual Noel Yarram Senior Memorial Golf Day will be held from 9am at Maffra Golf Club, and everyone is welcome.
During the evening, a NAIDOC Ball will be held at Sale Community Sports Club in Palmerston St, Sale.
There will be live music, a door prize and raffles. Drinks are available at bar prices, and tickets cost $15, available at Ramahyuck head office or at the door on the night.
Attendees strictly must be 18 years of age or older.