Hinchinbrook celebrates NAIDOC week to Heal Country

Everybody was all smiles as Elders cut the cake with the Heal Country slogan and NAIDOC 2021 emblem on it.

NAIDOC week celebrations opened in Hinchinbrook at 10:30am this Monday, July 5, 2021, with a flag raising ceremony and speeches, followed by a light morning tea. Guests were then invited to join the organisers for a BBQ at Rotary Park.

The theme for NAIDOC this year is “Heal Country”, and speakers reinforced the understanding that this for all Australians, not just First Nations people. Heal Country speaks to our need to restore both Mother Earth and the unity between all Australians and is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and educate all about environmental and cultural issues.

National NAIDOC Week is celebrated on the first full week of July every year around the country. Many Councils hold a flag raising ceremony to commemorate its start, and Indigenous peoples appreciate this support, and the opportunity to raise awareness and hold conversations about the issues that affect them.

Local organiser, Joanne Cassady, explained, “NAIDOC Week is a special time for me and for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We love the opportunity to come together with our community and showcase our wonderful cultures to the world. Personally, for me, NAIDOC is historically in my family and that’s something I’m very proud of.”

NAIDOC celebrations will be held all across the region this week. Additional Hinchinbrook celebrations include a mural unveiling at the Ingham Health Service, the local hospital, at 10:30am on Wednesday, July 7, and the private opening of a special gift shop featuring Indigenous art called ‘Balgarra Designs Gift Shop’, which will open to the public at 63 Lannercost Street, Ingham, from Monday, July 12, from 9am-5pm.

Hinchinbrook tourism operator, Mungalla Aboriginal Tours, is holding a special event for NAIDOC on Saturday, July 24. Enquires can be emailed to mungalla@bigpond.com or you can call them on (07) 4777 8718.

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