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Yarra celebrates NAIDOC Week

8 July 2015

Yarra is pleased take part in NAIDOC Week (5–12 July) and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

For the sixth year running, Council is hosting the Whole of Government NAIDOC Celebration at the Fitzroy Town Hall. This is most fitting as Fitzroy is a place of special significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. It has seen families reunited and community-controlled organisations achieve great change. Fitzroy has given rise to champion athletes, ground-breaking activists and influential artists.

Council also provided grants to support local NAIDOC celebrations hosted by Collingwood Children’s Farm, Boroondara Kindergarten and Cohealth.

Council’s work with the Aboriginal community is guided by its Aboriginal Partnerships Plan 2015-18. Developed in close consultation with Aboriginal community members and service providers, the plan identifies opportunities to promote Aboriginal culture, increase Aboriginal employment, promote social justice and eliminate racism.

One of our most high profile events, the Smith Street Dreaming concert, is coming up on 18 July as part of Yarra’s Leaps and Bounds Music Festival. Smith Street Dreaming was recently recognised with a Community HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Award. Council is encouraging everyone to come along and experience everything that is great about the Smith Street community.

Council’s Aboriginal History of Yarra website and Celebrating Aboriginal Culture in Gertrude Street Facebook page offer further opportunities to explore the culture of Yarra’s Traditional Owners.

Further information
Colin Hunter
Aboriginal Partnerships Officer
9205 5014

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