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Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2023

July 9, 2023

NAIDOC (National Aborigines’ and Islanders’ Day Observance Committee) Week is an important celebration every year in Australia during the first week of July. It’s a time to honour the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year, the theme of NAIDOC Week was ‘For Our Elders,’ recognising the significant role that Elders play in First Nations communities and families across generations.

Momentum actively participated in community events held in Casino, Tweed, Evans Head, and Grafton, showcasing the spirit of NAIDOC Week. The festivities started with a lively march in Casino, where hundreds of local community members united through the main streets and attended a family day afterwards at Colley Park. The event offered entertainment, engaging activities, and informative stalls for everyone to enjoy.

Continuing the celebrations, Momentum hosted a stall at the NAIDOC Sports and Health Expo at Arkinstall Park in Tweed Heads. This vibrant event provided an excellent opportunity for people of all ages in the local community to connect, receive health checks, explore different services, and participate in fun rugby activities.

In Grafton, our team participated in a family-friendly community event at McKittrick Park. It was a memorable day filled with cultural dancing, a smoke ceremony, and more. The Momentum stall was bustling with crafty activities for children and served as a hub for valuable resources.

Momentum stall at the NAIDOC Sports and Sports Day and Expo.

A colourful banner made at Momentum’s stall at the Grafton NAIDOC community event.

Community members from New South Wales and Queensland participating in a NAIDOC march in Tweed.

On Friday, 7 July, over one thousand people marched from Tweed Heads Civic Centre and Coolangatta Reserve and finished at Cunningham Park in Tweed Heads. Everyone gathered around to watch an official ceremony, and our dedicated Momentum team hosted a free barbecue.

Our Casino Domestic and Family Violence team hosted a stall in Evans Park for NAIDOC to wrap up this energising week. The event attracted a diverse turnout, with people from different backgrounds coming together to learn about and appreciate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Momentum Collective wants to thank the NAIDOC Week Committee for their dedicated efforts in organising remarkable events that engaged the entire community. This memorable celebration highlighted the power of unity and the importance of honouring and uplifting the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To stay up to date with our upcoming community events, visit our Events page.

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