Everyone is invited to participate in this year’s NAIDOC celebrations which will be held across the LGA from 1-17 July. NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity to come together and support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture.
The community have been hard at work planning a wonderful program for 2019 with events and activities for all ages and interests. The 2019 theme for NAIDOC Week is ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future.’ The theme is a call to action and acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent encourage residents to get come along to the festivities.
“Getting involved in NAIDOC week is a great way to connect with and learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.”
“I encourage everyone to check out the program and get involved.”
The program includes workshops, art exhibitions, films, talks and the highlights of the week, the two family Fun Days held in Cessnock and Sawyers Gully. These are great days for the whole family with cultural performances, entertainment, workshops, stalls and food. The Kiray Putjung NAIDOC Family Fun Day will be held at TAFE Park, Cessnock on Saturday 6 July, and the Barkuma’s Family Fun Day will be their beautiful bushland site at 1075 Old Maitland Road on Tuesday 9 July.
A copy of the program is available online at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/NAIDOC or pick up a copy from Council’s Administration Building, Cessnock City Libraries or participating venues.