Under the theme – Because of her, we can! – NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July through to Sunday 15 July.
This year’s theme recognises the contributions by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to the wider community and highlights the active and significant roles they play at local, state and national level.
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes said NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to share and celebrate Indigenous culture with the wider community and recognise Indigenous women in the region.
‘At our recent Indigenous women’s leadership workshop in Blackwater we saw a group of twenty women engage with and learn from Indigenous women who are business owners and leaders in their field,’ he said.
‘We extend our recognition to those and other Indigenous women as we celebrate NAIDOC Week this year.
‘Community groups and council organised a range of activities for young and old and I encourage everyone to get involved where they can.’
NAIDOC Week celebrations will take place across the whole month of July in Emerald and Blackwater:
- Friday 6 July at 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm – Laser tag for youth at Emerald PCYC
- Friday 6 July at 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm – Deadly 3’s at Emerald PCYC
- Monday 9 July at 10.00 am – Flag raising ceremony at Emerald Council Office
- Thursday 12 July at 2.00 pm – Afternoon tea at Emerald Neighbourhood Centre
- Tuesday 31 July – Elders lunch prepared by Emerald State High School students
- Wednesday 18 July at 5.30 pm – Movie Night at Blackwater State School Hall
- Friday 20 July at 12.30 pm – NAIDOC march and flag raising ceremony from Rotary Park
- Saturday 21 July at 4.30 pm – Indigenous All Stars football game at Blackwater Hendricks Oval
For further information, call 1300 242 686.