Let’s celebrate NAIDOC Week
Cessnock City Council has partnered with local community groups to put together another exciting program of events for NAIDOC Week across the LGA, and everyone is invited to join in.
NAIDOC Week is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and provides a great opportunity to recognise, enjoy and learn about these cultures in our local community.
The theme for this years’ NAIDOC is ‘Our Languages Matter’. The language traditionally spoken in most of the Cessnock LGA was the Wonnarua language and there are groups across our region who are working to revitalise this.
While celebrations are officially held from 2 to 9 July, the program in Cessnock will be kicking off a little earlier with a special performance of Coranderrk at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre next Thursday 22 June at 8pm.
Coranderrk recreates the Parliamentary Inquiry in 1881 where the men and women of Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve went head to head with the Aboriginal Protection Board. It is an important story in our Indigenous history, one of determination and strength.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent encourages our local community to check out the program and join the NAIDOC Week festivities.
“It is fantastic to see such a wide range of activities that provide so many different opportunities for the community to get involved in.”
“There are many highlights in our local program including workshops, family fun days, the annual Cessnock street parade, the Koori Cook-off and two exhibitions opening at the Cessnock Gallery,” said Cr Pynsent.
If you would like to find out more, the local program is available online at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/events-ceremonies/naidoc, in Council’s admin building, Cessnock City Libraries and participating venues.
Cessnock LGA NAIDOC Week 2017 is proudly supported by Barkuma Neighbourhood Centre, Black Creek Aboriginal Corporation, Catholic Care, Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, the Samaritans Foundation, Hunter New England Health, Cessnock City Libraries and CYCOS.