Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! Was the theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week celebrations. The annual celebration recognises the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.
Hawkesbury’s NAIDOC Concert is now happening this Sunday, July 17th from 10am to 3pm at Richmond Park in Richmond after it was postponed due to wet weather.
Organised by the Merana Aboriginal Community Association For the Hawkesbury, it will feature live performances, stalls and children’s activities.
Last week Majeda Beatty performed at Castle Hill Library on Friday, 8th July showing the richness of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures through song, dance, stories and language.
On Wednesday July 6th the Williams (Mara Mara) family were special performers at a NAIDOC Family Fun Day at the Baulkham Heights Estate. Dad, Peter and mum, Katie performed dances with their daughters, Punta, Wiyu, Miki May, Yulubirki and Joowal which told Indigenous stories that have been passed down from generation to generation.
It was the 8th NAIDOC week event organised by Hills Community Aid at Baulkham Hills and Hills Mayor Peter Gangemi, Deputy Mayor Mark Hodges, Councillors Ryan Tracey and Frank De Masi were welcomed on the day (pictured).
Despite the wet weather activities continued inside including drumming, art, craft and games plus stories.
Bligh Park Neighborhood Centre held its NAIDOC Week bbq on Friday 8th July (pictured) welcoming Federal MP Susan Templeman.
The Rouse Hill Estate cancelled its Naidoc Week celebrations planned for 10th July due to the weather.