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Celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day - empowering an inclusive reading culture

Published on Monday, 18 September 2023 at 10:55:02 AM

Culture, stories, and languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were celebrated at South Hedland Library for the annual Indigenous Literacy Day event.

The event, an initiative from the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, not only promotes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s culture but also advocates the importance of having access to resources that are written in local languages.

This year, South Hedland Library hosted the event, which saw over 70 people attend.

Mayor Peter Carter said it was vital to recognise the importance of literacy to build happy, healthy, and liveable communities.

“Strong literacy skills play a central role in helping children reach their full potential, and it is so important for children to see and hear their language and have their culture acknowledged.”

“With initiatives like Indigenous Literacy Day, it makes me proud to know we are helping to create an inclusive environment for our community and for future generations to thrive.”

The morning consisted of storytelling from Indigenous Elders George Pitt and Bruce Thomas, as well as fun and interactive play areas, sensory activities, free-flowing art stations, and even a group song and dance.

Local artist Bobbi Lockyer was one of the special guests for the morning, coordinating a colourful and vibrant art space for children to paint using their imagination.

“Recognising the need to reach isolated areas and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, the Town is committed to promoting events that support community access to literacy,” Mayor Carter said.

“The Town’s libraries host an array of free events throughout the year that focus on making literacy development fun and accessible for all - I encourage people to check the Town’s website, our social media pages and check in with the libraries team for information on upcoming events.”

The event was sponsored by Orica Mining, and supported by the State Library of Western Australia and Better Beginnings.

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