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Celebrating 2014 NAIDOC Week

Posted 25 June 2014 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Jack Jacovou is inviting residents to take part in a range of free activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week (6-13 July).

Mayor Jacovou said NAIDOC Week is a chance to reflect on the important contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of all ages make to Australian communities.

“It draws attention to the importance of taking responsibility for closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, as well as promoting knowledge and understanding,” he said.

“Additionally, NAIDOC Week also celebrates the culture and achievements of Indigenous people across Australia.

“I encourage you to come along to help us celebrate the richness of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture right here in Hurstville City.”

This year’s NAIDOC Week events include:

7 July 2014 Official opening ceremony
Centre Stage, Westfield Shopping Centre, Hurstville
There will be performances by Steve Lombardi and the Georges River College, Oatley Campus, traditional dance performance, flag raising ceremony, and children’s activities.
11.00am – 12.30pm

8 July 2014 Aboriginal Cultural Walk
Take a two-and-a-half hour guided walk along Lime Kiln Bay, Oatley Park and hear about Aboriginal culture, local flora and fauna. Enjoy refreshments after the walk. Bookings essential. Phone 9330 6069.
Meet at The Castle, Oatley Park
10.00am – 12.30pm

8 July 2014 Children’s Book Reading
Hurstville City Library, Corner Queens Road and Dora Street, Hurstville
Session 1: 10.00 - 10.45am (pre-school children)
Session 2: 11.00 - 11.45am (primary school children)
The book to be discussed is:
“The Valley” by Ray Davison
Bookings essential. Phone 9330 6444
9 July 2014 Aboriginal Film Screening
Civic Theatre, Hurstville Entertainment Centre
‘Oatley Park from Aboriginal Perspective’ is a documentary that explores the journey into Aboriginal man David Wright’s life with a combination of historical events, connections of Aboriginal people with Oatley Park, images and family stories.
10.00am – 12.30pm

‘Utopia’ – a powerful film that explores the experiences of Aboriginal Australians living in Western Australia.

10 July 2014 Aboriginal Cultural Encounter
Learn more about Aboriginal culture
St George Community Housing, Level 5, 38 Humphreys Lane, Hurstville
1.30 – 4.00pm

11 July 2014 Aboriginal Shell Art Workshops
Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville
Facilitated by artists Maxine and Paul Ryan.
Session 1: 9.30 - 11.30am suitable for children 6-14 years
Session 2: 12.30 - 2.30pm adult workshop
Bookings essential. Phone 9330 6142

14 July 2014 Understanding Aboriginal Cultural Workshop
Learn more about Aboriginal culture
MTC Australia, Level 1, 4-8 Woodville Street, Hurstville
10.00 – 11.30am

All events are free.

For more information, please contact Multicultural and Indigenous Community Worker, Jamal Bassam on 9330 6069 or jbassam@hurstville.nsw.gov.au

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