NAIDOC week is coming up and the City is holding a range of activities to mark the occasion.
NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for Australians from all walks of life to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It’s taking place 3 to 10 July this year.
This year there will be a Smoking Ceremony
and Flag Raising on 6 July, followed by a light morning tea. All members of the community are welcome to attend this free event. No bookings are required.
Proud Noongar woman and artist, Seantelle Walsh, will add to the celebration by painting the front doors of the Administration Centre.
Subiaco Library will be hosting events all week beginning with a free special performance by Yirra Yaakin on Monday 4 July. Bilya Kaatijin
(which means “Fresh Water Knowledge” in Noongar) is the fourth and final story in Yirra Yaakin’s Kaatijin series connecting stories from Noongar land to around the world, teaching the importance of water to First Nations people.
On Tuesday 5 July, join Noongar artist and musician Brent Matters for an art workshop and special performance.
On Thursday 7 July, join Belinda Cox for Noongarts and Crafts
. This introduction to Noongar people through the Dreaming invites participates to do learn communication styles through art symbols on paperbark, paintings and fire sticks.
The library will also be holding a NAIDOC Storytime
session for pre-schoolers, with special guest Freda Ogilvie. Listen as Freda reads traditional stories in Noongar language, showing how to say these words and explaining what they represent.