UNITY: Aloma Fisher, Lehtia Fisher, Merle Fisher and Tegan Fisher at yesterday’s NAIDOC Week launch.
UNITY: Aloma Fisher, Lehtia Fisher, Merle Fisher and Tegan Fisher at yesterday’s NAIDOC Week launch. Mike Knott BUNNAIDOC

Celebrate indigenous culture this NAIDOC Week

CELEBRATIONS officially launched for NAIDOC Week yesterday as 200 members of the community attended the flag-raising ceremony at Bundaberg North State School.

Bundaberg and District NAIDOC Committee co-ordinator Annalee Pope said the ceremony was a time to reflect and commemorate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

"The flag brings reconciliation and appreciation and respect to our Aboriginal elders and to all Aboriginal people. It is a symbol of unity. Having all three flags flown together really helps to unite the community," she said.

Ms Pope said the remainder of the week would be jam-packed with NAIDOC activities.

"We have a Family Culture and Sporting Clinics day, we have an Elders Lunch on Thursday and Friday we have our annual march which is probably one of our biggest events," she said.

"We march from the Club Hotel to the North Lions club where we then kick off at 10am with our Family Cultural Day. There will be more workshops and rides for the kids plus food and lots more."

Ms Pope said the annual celebrations dated back to the '70s and continued to bring communities from around Australia together.

"Up until 1974 we had a national day of mourning and the then committee decided to change it into a week-long celebration," she said.

"Every year the Bundaberg community and communities all over Australia come together and put on different activities throughout the week to celebrate our culture, our achievements and our history."

Muriel Brown attended the flag-raising ceremony yesterday with her son. "What I love most about NAIDOC week is everyone coming together, being one and forgetting about our differences," she said.

"Every day I celebrate because I know who I am and where I come from."

NAIDOC Week

Today: Free morning screening of the film The Help

Where: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Time: 6pm

Wednesday: Family Sporting Clinics and Cultural Workshop

Where: Tom Quinn Centre, Killer St

Time: 10am

Thursday: Elder Lunch

Where: IWC HACC Service, 15 McLean St

Time: 10am

Talent Quest

Where: PCYC

Time: 6pm

Friday: NAIDOC March

Where: Cnr of Bourbong and Tantitha St, Club Hotel to Lions Park

Time: arrive at 8.30am for a 9am start

Family Culture Day

Where: North Lions Park

Time: 10am to 5pm

Saturday: NAIDOC Ball

Where: Bundaberg RSL

Time: 6pm



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