2023 NAIDOC Week Celebrated in Albany
Community from across the region gathered together to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2023, honouring this year’s theme, ‘For Our Elders’.
Across every generation, elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in Noongar communities and families. They are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers and loved ones. The 2023 NAIDOC theme ‘For Our elders’, honoured this.
Albany / Kinjarling residents and visitors were invited to the free NAIDOC Week celebrations at the Albany Entertainment Centre on 5 July. The event involved live music, a free sausage sizzle, short film screenings, and displays from local Aboriginal run businesses and groups. In the auditorium, guests were treated to a talk on the history and importance of NAIDOC, a series of elder yarns, and talks covering topics such as the Ngallak Koort Boodja (Our Heart Land) canvas, the Elders photo project, and repatriation of Noongar remains.
The event was developed with and for ABoriginal Elders along with Aboriginal Community Leaders, and was funded and supported by local staff from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Great Southern Development Commission, Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, Forest Productions Commission, Southern Ports, Water Corporation, Great Southern Aboriginal Health Services, Department of Transport, City of Albany and the Albany Entertainment Centre.