The Council will host NAIDOC Week celebrations at the Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Learning Centre (Benalla Library) on Thursday 6 July from 10.30am – 12.30pm.
NAIDOC Week runs from 2 – 9 July.
Celebrations begin with an official welcome and acknowledgement of country, followed by activities including story time, short film screenings, boomerang painting and other activities that are designed to help increase the understanding of Aboriginal culture.
The Council is supported by Central Hume Primary Care Partnership (CHPCP), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), MIND Australia and volunteers from the community to bring this event together. The Benalla Men’s Shed is making wooden boomerangs which will be available for painting on the day.
Major, Cr Don Firth says the NAIDOC Week celebrations at the Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Learning Centre will again be fun and educational.
“The event aims to bring the community together in activities that pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture in a creative and vibrant space,” Cr Firth said.
The 2017 national NAIDOC theme is ‘Our Languages Matter’. Story time at the Benalla Library embraces this theme by demonstrating how story is used to link people to Aboriginal history, spirituality and rites.