NAIDOC Week in the inner west

Tuesday 27 June 2017

Inner West Council will celebrate the contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made to the community during NAIDOC Week 2017 from 2 - 9 July.

The theme this year is Our Languages Matter, which aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play 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.

Inner West Council acknowledges the living culture and unique role of local Aboriginal communities. The traditional Aboriginal groups of the Inner West Council area are the Gadigal and Wangal peoples of the Eora nation:

Gadigal people

Although exact boundaries cannot be determined, it is believed the Gadigal clan stretched along the south side of Port Jackson from South Head to about Petersham.

Wangal people

The Wangal people were believed to have occupied the area along the southern shore of the Parramatta River, from about Petersham to about Rosehill.

Council is committed to reconciliation always ensuring that the process is based on respect, trust and a spirit of openness. Council’s NAIDOC Week events are: 

  • NAIDOC Week, Marrickville Library, corner Marrickville Road and Petersham roads, Wednesday 5 July, 1030:am – 12pm. 

 Includes storytelling, didgeridoo performance and Aboriginal face-painting by Koomurri Performance Troupe.

This will be followed by a bush tucker morning tea. 

  • Koori Kids Under 12s Disco, Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Road Marrickville, Thursday 6 July, 5pm – 8pm.

Features music, singing, dancing, food, and prizes. Everyone’s urged to come dressed in red, yellow and black. For further information contact Rebecca on 9335 2243 or rebecca.carroll@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

For a print quality image of a previous Council NAIDOC Week event, contact the Communication team.

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