Flag raising ceremony kicks off NAIDOC celebrations
  • Monday 06 July 2015
Guest speaker, Torres Strait Islander Harry Pitt at the NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony

Council today recognised the history, culture and achievements of the region’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a flag raising ceremony to open NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Guest speakers, didgeridoo playing and traditional stories, and a selection of artworks by Sunshine Coast artist and Gubbi Gubbi, Wakka Wakka woman Hope O Chin were all part of the special celebration.

The 2015 NAIDOC Week theme ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate’ highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea.

NAIDOC Week celebrations would not be complete without a visit to Caloundra Regional Gallery to witness the thought provoking East Coast Encounter exhibition of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, writers and songwriters on display until August 16.

Children don’t miss out on the fun with two cultural workshops at Caloundra Regional Gallery to choose from. They can learn how to make their own mini bark canoe on Tuesday, July 7 and how to make a traditional rope bookmark or friendship bracelet on Friday, July 10.

At these workshops, traditional Gubbi Gubbi custodians Lyndon Davis and Brent Miller will present storytelling on local Aboriginal history, teach children about the different tools used by the local Aboriginal people, perform a Welcome to Country with didgeridoo presentation and traditional fire lighting demonstration.

To find out ‘what’s on’ during NAIDOC Week visit www.naidoc.org.au or for more details on the East Coast Encounter exhibition at Caloundra Regional Gallery visit Council’s Gallery website.