The yearly celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, NAIDOC Week, returns to Rundle Mall today with a specific and important theme – women!
NAIDOC is a historically important event that celebrates the existence and perseverance of our Indigenous communities however as our Deputy Lord Mayor, Sandy Verschoor, states “NAIDOC Week is a celebration of the Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by all Australians,”
There will be animals to pat and hold, native produce to taste, interactive weaving demonstrations, and an opportunity to get involved in building a Wodli shelter with Deadly Mob. Local musicians Hannah Yates and Corey Theatre will provide the music.
The organisation has taken a strong step in acknowledging invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made (and continue to make) to community, family, history and the nation. This year’s theme is appropriately named – Because of her, we can!
Dual Chairperson of the City of Adelaide’s Reconciliation Committee and esteemed Elder of both Kaurna and Narungga descent, Aunty Yvonne Agius, said that this year’s theme is about telling the courageous stories of the many women who fought long and hard for Aboriginal rights.
“They were our heroes and our pioneers for what we have today – better access to education, housing, health care, legal rights, childcare. These women fought for our human rights and led the way to make life better for Aboriginal women and our community in general,” Aunty Yvonne said.
Events that will be happening through NAIDOC (this week and in the following months) that we’re excited about include the Neo Sala Soiree, NAIDOC Week Drawing Workshop with Anna Dowling, Panpapanpalya: Dance Congress and many other options.
NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July with various activities held throughout the city, ranging from cultural awareness training, drawing workshops, and several art exhibitions. Click HERE for information on events and schedules.