NAIDOC Week - Robert Miles
NAIDOC Week is for everyone.
It stands for National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee, and NAIDOC Week runs from July 2-9.
NAIDOC Week celebrates all that is great about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture – cultural unity, diversity, spirituality, connectivity, identity, opportunity and survival.
It’s a week that invites other Australians to take a breath and absorb the cultural experiences that Aboriginal and Torres Strait people have to offer.
Let your senses be stimulated through a range of cultural expressions, including language, song, dance, music, story-telling, visual arts and performance.
In WA, NAIDOC Week coincides fortuitously with the first week of the school holidays and is celebrated in many settings across the state.
I know for sure that government agencies and the corporate sector – including the mining industry – will be acknowledging and celebrating the week in their own ways.
Lots of local communities will definitely be celebrating the week, as will many public and private schools across the state when they get back from their break.
For the local community of Toodyay, NAIDOC Week is an unfolding story that is yet to be fully realised.
I know for sure that our shire is working towards a more inclusive relationship with local Aboriginal people about matters of reconciliation and cultural respect.
Hopefully a well-planned event for next year will be the case, although the Toodyay District High School will run a week-long program of NAIDOC activities when students return from their school break.
Please remember that NAIDOC Week is for everyone to enjoy – it’s part of our cultural fabric.