Six leading ACT community organisations combined to celebrate NAIDOC Week with the theme of ‘Land & Learning’ earlier this week.
The celebrations started with a Welcome to Country, before artist Linda Huddlestone (pictured above) talked about her family and country. She explained how her father’s story of being part of the stolen generation translated into her painting.
Didgeridoo player Matthew Joseph and young singer Tahalianna Mahanga (pictured above) entertained a crowd of over 200 people.
After the initial formalities, participants created art with Frances Crow, discovered local bush tucker with Adam Shipp from Greening Australia (pictured above, left), and enjoyed fresh damper and traditional Torres Strait Islander food.
To end, Rodney Dwyer (media student from University of Canberra), Daen Lomas and Kelvin Marr (students from Canberra Institute of Technology’s Yuaruana Centre) and Warrant Officer Class One, Ken Nelliman (Defence Force, pictured below) shared their journeys and provided insights for young people.
The participating community organisations involved were Woden Community Service, YWCA Canberra, Northside Community Service, Karralika, The Smith Family and ACT Council of Social Services.
(Photo credit: Deborah Crowe)