The Aboriginal flag flies at Shire of Toodyay council chambers in Fiennes Street
TOODYAY is flying the Aboriginal flag and local police are wearing shirts decorated with indigenous art to mark NAIDOC Week from July 2-9.
NAIDOC means National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee, with events held throughout Australia each year in the first week of July to celebrate indigenous history, culture and achievements.
Students at Toodyay District High School will also take part in NAIDOC events after school holidays end on Monday July 17.
Northam’s Police and Community Youth Centre celebrates NAIDOC week with an indigenous art program of sand art, music and painting.
WA Police engaged Aboriginal artists to create artwork for specially made uniforms for use during and after NAIDOC Week and to decorate selected police vehicles.
“Every day, police officers throughout the state do tremendous things in support of Aboriginal people,” Acting WA Police Commissioner Gary Dreibergs said.
“It’s fantastic to see this great artwork actually on police uniforms and cars as a symbol of reconciliation and trust.”
Toodyay Shire President David Dow said respect for the recent passing of local Aboriginal elder Pamela Walsh had delayed meetings to discuss NAIDOC Week and as a result little activity had been planned.
However, the Aboriginal flag would be flown at the shire office in Fiennes Street, Toodyay Visitors Centre in Piesse Street and Old Gaol Museum in Clinton Street, he said.
The shire had also met local indigenous representatives at a Reconciliation Week lunch last month to discuss ways to foster strong relationships with indigenous people.