NAIDOC Week in Mackay

Under the theme – Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future - NAIDOC Week 2019 will be held nationally from Sunday, July 7, and continue through to Sunday, July 14.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Voice. Treaty. Truth. were three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians.

For more information about this year’s theme, and NAIDOC week, head to www.naidoc.org.au

Council proudly supports the following NAIDOC celebrations and activities:

Flag Raising Ceremony and Cultural Activities

Monday, July 8, 10am at the Council Civic Precinct
Join us for a flag raising ceremony, performances, morning tea and guest speakers.

Artspace – Drawing with Language Holiday Activity

Monday, July 8 to Sunday, July 14 (10am to 5pm weekdays and 10am to 3pm on the weekend
Drop into the gallery during the July holidays because the team are celebrating the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages by Drawing with Language. Bring your family and friends to join the fun with art making activities inspired by Yuwibara language of the Mackay region. There’ll be rubber stamping, artists’ book making and drawing activities for all ages. Parental supervision is required, and you can stay for a few minutes or a few hours and visit as many times as you’d like. It’s free and no bookings are required.

Mackay Regional Council Library NAIDOC activities:

For more details and to book at mackay.qld.gov.au/whatson

> Very Hungry Caterpillar Story in Traditional Yuwibara language
Tuesday, July 9 – Gordon White Library at 10am and Dudley Denny City Library from 1pm.
A traditional custodian will present this famous story in Yuwibara language

> Weaving Workshop and Bark Art Workshop (bookings required)
Wednesday, July 10 - Dudley Denny City Library from 9am to 11am and 12pm to 2pm.

> Palm Frond Weaving (Booking required)
Wednesday, July 10 – Dudley Denny City Library from 9am to 11am.

> NAIDOC Street Parade and Family Day, Friday, July 12
March assembles at Macalister Street from 9am for a 10am start.
Family Day begins in Queens Park on arrival of Street Parade (about 11am) and runs until around 4pm. All welcome.