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Celebrating the culture of First Nations people in NAIDOC Week

Published on Tuesday, 2 July 2024 at 10:48:56 AM

A week of events for the whole community will culminate with a sunset concert featuring renowned singer-songwriter Emma Donovan as Hedland celebrates NAIDOC Week from 7-14 July.

NADIOC Week is an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The 2024 theme ‘Keep the fire burning! Blak, Loud and Proud’ invites all Australians to listen, learn and engage in meaningful dialogue to foster a society where the wisdom and contributions of Indigenous people are fully valued and respected.

Mayor Peter Carter said NAIDOC Week was an opportunity to connect with First Nations peoples.

“I would encourage everyone to embrace NAIDOC Week by coming along to one of the many events in Hedland,” Mayor Carter said.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate the Kariyarra, Ngarla and Nyamal peoples of the Pilbara while also acknowledging the wonderful contribution of Indigenous communities across Australia.”

NAIDOC Week kicks off on Sunday 7 July with the NAIDOC Opening Ceremony at the South Hedland Town Square from 2:30pm-7:30pm. There will be skatepark activities, a free barbecue, live entertainment and the awards.

Across the week there will be various activities at the JD Hardie Youth and Community Hub, South Hedland Library and Matt Dann Cinema and Theatre as well as other community events.

The Pilbara Sunset NAIDOC concert, featuring live music from Emma Donovan and other local acts, will include children’s activities, Aboriginal stallholders and food from Iluka’s Kitchen and West End Seafood Shack. It runs from 3:30pm-6:30pm on Sunday, 14 July.

Mayor Carter commended the many local organisations that had contributed to ensuring there was such an extensive array of events on the 2024 NAIDOC Week calendar.

The Town has partnered with Europcar, BHP, Creative Australia, Fortescue and Roy Hill to deliver the NAIDOC Week events.

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