A Warm Welcome

warm welcome

Warami, was on everyone’s lips during NAIDOC Week celebrations at Balcombe Heights Estate at Baulkham Hills last week.

Peter Williams conducted a smoking ceremony to cleanse the bad spirits followed by an Acknowledgement of Country.

Fire fighters from nearby Baulkham Hills Fire Station helped raise the flags to mark the day.

Peter’s four daughters, 10-year-old Wiyu (storm bird) 8-year-olds Mikay Yulubirki (rainbow) and Mikimay (lightning) and six-year-old Joowal (owl) 6wore indigenous dance costumes made by their mum for the traditional dances.

Mr Williams told traditional stories during a coffee and chat session.

The ceremony was attended by Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne and Clr Frank de Masi.

Executve Officer at Hills Community Aid Mici Beer said it was the 5thyear they had organised the celebration of NAIDOC Week.

The week, normally held in July, celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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