Story and Photo by Bev Jordan
It was a day of respect and learning when people gathered for a family day at the Balcombe Heights Estate to commemorate NAIDOC Week at Baulkham Hills on July 11.
Mici Beer from Hills Community Aid which organised the day said she was delighted to see such a huge cross-section of the community coming together to be part of the day.
Aboriginal elder Uncle Lexodious who conducted a smoking ceremony said fires had been lit for hundreds of years to welcome people to their country.
“It’s a cleansing ceremony to make sure you are coming to the country (with) respect and getting rid of the bad energy.”
As well as storytelling and art, there was a performance by the Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir.
Hills Community Aid operates several activities at the Turner Buildings on the Balcombe Heights Estate at 92 Seven Hills Rd including arts and crafts, cake decorating, sewing as well as social activities and health activities.
For details visit www.hca.org.au or call 9639 7918 | 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Mondays and Fridays or 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM Tuesdays to Thursdays.