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Hedland NAIDOC Week events to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage

Published on Wednesday, 28 June 2023 at 12:33:55 PM

The Town of Port Hedland will be acknowledging the oldest, continuous living culture on Earth with celebrations to recognise National NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC Week is held from 2 July to 9 July and presents an opportunity for all Australians to learn and engage in events that celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Under the banner of For Our Elders, the 2023 NAIDOC Week theme recognises the invaluable role and place that Elders hold in families and within our communities.

In line with this theme, a variety of activities will take place for the Hedland community including an opening concert, film screenings, art workshops, a basketball tournament and opportunities to connect over brunch and morning tea events.  

Mayor Peter Carter encouraged the Hedland community to be a part of this year’s celebrations.

“NAIDOC Week offers everyone a chance to learn more about First Nations cultures and histories - and connect with community at a range of NAIDOC events and activities.

“These events highlight the importance of getting together to acknowledge and celebrate the cultural significance and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“We’re looking forward to NAIDOC Week in Hedland, a time to celebrate the culture of the Kariyarra, Ngarla and Nyamal peoples, as well as all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities across Australia.”

Mayor Carter expressed his gratitude to the local organisations that contributed to curating a vibrant calendar of NAIDOC Week events.

“The Town has collaborated with local groups to create an extensive calendar of NAIDOC Week events – I would like to thank these organisations for contributing to such an important celebration for our community.”

In additional celebrations, Bobbi Lockyer, born and based on Kariyarra Country in Hedland, was announced as the winner of the esteemed National NAIDOC Week Poster Competition for her design For Our Elders.

Bobbi’s 2023 design joins the significant collection of NAIDOC posters, with the first designed in the 1960s when the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) first began producing posters.

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