NAIDOC week is in full swing, with events held throughout the Great Southern this week.
Heading the week’s events was a ceremony celebrating the Southern Aboriginal Corporation’s purchase of land adjacent to the Albany Entertainment Centre for the Kairli Cultural and Language Centre.
The Southern Aboriginal Corporation has worked long and hard to find a prominent location for Noongar culture to be showcased, and the centre will provide a meeting place, arts and learning space and potentially a café/restaurant for bush tucker and traditional medicines, creating employment opportunities for Noongar people.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.
SAC also announced its annual NAIDOC awards, which were presented by City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington.
Male young person of the year – Jarrad Inman,
Female young person of the year – Bryonie Stokes,
Male community services excellence – Rebecca Khan,
Male Elder of the year – Verdun Hayward,
Female Elder of the year – Mary Wynne,
Special award – Iris Bonshore