A motion moved by Weddin Shire Councillor Jan Parlett at Council’s June meeting has seen the Aboriginal Flag raised outside the Weddin Shire Council in celebration of 2018 NAIDOC Week.
Last Friday, July 6, local school students, Weddin Shire Councillors and general manager, members of the public and ceremony organisor Chad White gathered outside Council Chambers to raise the Aboriginal Flag.
Well known Grenfell identity Terry Carroll began proceedings by giving an Acknowledgement to Country. Terry is a descendant of the Aniwan people from the NSW New England Region. Terry was born in Gamilarooi country and is well respected throughout the community.
This was then followed by recitals from local school students.
Event organiser Chad White then addressed the crowd and thanked all for coming along and being a part of this special occasion.
NAIDOC Week runs from July 8-15, 2018 and celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Weddin Shire General Manager Glenn Carroll, who was present at the Flag Raising ceremony said “NAIDOC Week is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, we are delighted to fly the Aboriginal Flag here at Council alongside the Australian National Flag.”
The flying of the Aboriginal flag will assist in the reconciliation process which promotes and facilitates respect, trust and positive relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The NAIDOC Week theme for 2018 is ‘Because of her we can’.
This was chosen due to the very important role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played throughout history – and continue to play which include significant roles at community, local, state and national levels.
As leaders, politicians, activists and social change advocates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have fought and continue to fight, for justice, equal rights, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.