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"Working together for a shared future"

Communities across the Maranoa are encouraged to get involved in NAIDOC week activities, held from 8 – 12 July, and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Under the theme – Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future – NAIDOC Week 2019 in the Maranoa, will once again include activities to help foster a greater understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Surat Aboriginal Corporation (SAC) Manager, Jessica Walsh, said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are complex and diverse, and is kept alive by passing down knowledge, arts, rituals and performances from one generation to another, speaking and teaching languages, protecting cultural materials, sacred and significant sites, and objects.

“It is important for all Australians to understand the essential features of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, including our special connection to the land and our commitment to family and community—so we can work together for a shared future.

“Despite the Indigenous voice of this country dating back 65,000 years, there is a cultural knowledge gap with parts of our history not being taught or acknowledged.

“NAIDOC week is a chance to proactively promote reconciliation through community involvement and education,” said Jessica.

From flag raising ceremonies, family fun day with cultural games and live entertainment, Dreamtime Yoga and skateboarding workshop to cultural sites tours and community gatherings, Australians from all walks of life are invited to get involved in the 2019 NAIDOC week activities.

“Everyone whether Indigenous or not are encouraged to take part, be involved and learn more about the oldest living culture on the planet,” Jessica said.

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