Celebrate NAIDOC Week

10 July 2013

NAIDOC Week activities get into full swing and local residents are welcome to join in the fun.

When and where

Sunday 14 July, 1pm – 4pm
Mark the end of NAIDOC week with a great afternoon of free food at the Community Wood Fired Oven and live music from renowned Aboriginal musician Bart Willoughby.
Enjoy the tastes of bush tucker wish special dishes straight out of the oven and enjoy a relaxed end to our NAIDOC Week celebrations.
Community Wood Fired Oven, Hovell Tree Park, Wodonga Place, Albury

What is NAIDOC Week?

NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginies and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in th wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2013 is We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963.

This year’s theme proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament.

In August 1963, the Yolngu people of Yirrkala in northeast Arnhem Land sent two bark petitions – framed by traditional ochre paintings of clan designs – to the Australian House of Representatives.

The petitions protested the Commonwealth’s granting of mining rights on land excised from Arnhem Land reserve and sought the recognition by the Australian Parliament of the Yolngu peoples’ traditional rights and ownership of their lands.