NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of aboriginal groups in the 1920s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of indigenous Australians. NAIDOC celebrations are now held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The week is celebrated not just in the indigenous communities but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces. The theme in 2015 is: Learn, respect, celebrate; we all stand on sacred ground.
In Gloucester, there will be a special tribute to the late Uncle Jim Clarke as well as Welcome to Country, flag raising, smoking ceremony, music by local artists, choir, Uncle Jimmy’s Aboriginal Dance Group, art display, face painting, boomerang painting, jumping castle, raffles, arts and crafts, information stalls, medical health assessment bus and lots more. You can alos enjoy a barbecue, traditional bush tucker, soup & damper, scones, tea & coffee and cold drinks.
- WHEN: Sunday 05 July 2015
- WHERE: From 10am at Billabong Park, Denison Street Gloucester.