Flag event begins NAIDOC Week

THIS year's NAIDOC Week celebrations in Gympie will start on Monday with a flag-raising ceremony in Memorial Park.

Celebrated annually in Australia, NAIDOC Week recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and the contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make to communities.

The national theme for this year is "Spirit of the Tent Embassy 40 Years On".

Cooloola Aboriginal Corporation Incorporated (CACI) president Aunty Lillian Burke said 2012 was about appreciating people's unremitting efforts.

"We need to recognise the quiet achievers who have worked tirelessly within the community for our indigenous people to improve their way of life through education, employment and health," Aunty Lillian said.

This year's NAIDOC Week activities in Gympie include the flag-raising ceremony, a church corroboree, the NAIDOC dinner dance and a family fun day in Nelson Reserve on Friday, July 13.

Three well-known sports stars will attend the fun day where people can join in face-painting, dancing, storytelling, yarnin' circles and traditional games.

CACI invites local businesses, tertiary education groups, employment services, and industry groups to host a stall on the day.

CELEBRATION EVENTS:

NAIDOC Flag Raising

Monday, July 2, 8.30am

Gympie Memorial Park

 

Church Corroboree

Sunday, July 8, 9am

Madill Park, Power Rd, Southside

 

Celebration in the Park

Friday, July 13, 9.30am- 2pm

Nelson Reserve, Gympie

 

NAIDOC Dinner Dance

Saturday, July 14, from 6pm

Gympie Pines Golf Club, Shields Street

Inquiries 0420 609 501

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