NAIDOC Week Celebrations – Tamworth

Our Ability Links Linker, Bec Browning, attended the NAIDOC March and Family Fun Day and Awards in Tamworth on July 7 at Bicentennial Park. Ability Links had a tent set up at the event and participated in the march and day’s festivities. Bec said it was the biggest march she’d ever seen, and took the following images of her day in Tamworth.

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The Tamworth Regional Council had the following to say about the NAIDOC week events in Tamworth:

NAIDOC Celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In 2017, the theme for NAIDOC Week is ‘’Our Languages Matter”.  Languages are the breath of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For tens of thousands of years, they have played a unique and essential role in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

NAIDOC Week celebrations assist to build a harmonious community based on respect, responsibility, the preservation and value of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity whilst also promoting reconciliation and unity.

It is the ideal time to consider how we can celebrate the rich culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Tamworth community, in particular our local Kamilaroi/Gomeroi culture.

The NAIDOC Week Committee of the Tamworth has partnered with the Tamworth and Armidale Aboriginal Children’s Services, the Tamworth Local Aboriginal Lands Council, Joblink Plus, Indigenous Employment Strategy and Tamworth Regional Council to host the NAIDOC Awards @ the Park this year in conjunction with the Family Fun Day, following the NAIDOC March.

The committee believes through highlighting and recognising local achievers, we can celebrate our talents and strengths as a community and promote the positive things Aboriginal people contribute to our community and beyond. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people contribute to the Tamworth and wider community through a number of different ways including: music, art, culture, community, education, environment, sport, employment and politics.