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Celebrating NAIDOC week 2023

Southern NSW Children’s Family Centre

Southern NSW Children’s Family Centre (SNSW) were honoured to support the Queanbeyan NAIDOC Working Group in putting together a NAIDOC Community Day for 2023 on Monday the 3rd of July 2023.

It provided us with an excellent opportunity to connect with the community and other service providers while celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

The Working Group put together an exciting program for this event, including food, fairy floss, touch footy, bracelet weaving, face painting, cultural tools demonstrations and more.

SNSW was honoured to continue to learn from local Wiradjuri storyteller Larry Brandy who shared some of his cultural knowledge (and some fun platypus-themed craft activities!). Homework Club had lots of fun games, and a quieter location set up for those who wanted some ‘chill-out’ time throughout the day.

Elders from our community were honoured with an Elder’s luncheon in the community centre, and local Aboriginal performers provided stunning music and dance performances throughout the day.

NAIDOC Week in Queanbeyan offered an inclusive and welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds to unite and build strong community connections.

Celebrating NAIDOC week 2023

Queanbeyan Homework Club kids participated in the ACT Community Sector NAIDOC Week Event which was held Tuesday 4th July at the Woden Library and Town Square. There were a lot of workshops and activities, as well as market stalls by Aboriginal artists and creators.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

In week 10, our Homework Club students were very busy painting pieces to celebrate NAIDOC Week and the theme was ‘For Our Elders’! As part of the event, their paintings were put on display in the Westfield Woden ACT NAIDOC Activation space.

A huge shout-out to our old friend Travis (ex-Homework Club Worker) & his friend Jo from Vinnies, the entire ACT Community Sector NAIDOC Committee, and the lovely staff at Westfield for setting this up for the kids 😊

Auburn Children’s Family Centre

It was a beautiful Thursday morning to celebrate NAIDOC week at Auburn Centre. This was the very first time Ultimo Early Learning Centre kids travelled on the bus to visit our Auburn Long Day Care!

Many visitors, corporate volunteers and head office staff have attended and celebrated the event with our kids. We are grateful to Uncle Bruce and Vivianne Freeman for opening the event, and the Yurungai Learning Centre kids for their amazing performance. A massive thank you to Glasshouse Fragrances donated over 100 boxes of their Indigenous designed candle and soap bars for our event. Our centre was absolutely buzzing with chatter and laughter this morning!

This year NAIDOC week’s theme is ‘For the Elders’, we encourage everyone to seek the elders in your area, spend time knowing and learning from them. They held incredible knowledge, history and stories of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It’s crucial that they will be passed on to the next generation.

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