Livingstone Shire Council will join the Capricorn Coast Indigenous Inc. Mob, to launch the National 2018 NAIDOC Week celebrations in the Shire.
Closing the Gap, Bidgerdii Community Health Service, Gawula Aboriginal Land Trust and the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Partnerships are also part of the celebrations this year.
The 2018 theme – Because of Her, We Can! – will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.
Darumbal Elder and spokesperson Aunty Sally Vea Vea from the Capricorn Coast Indigenous Inc. Mob said this year’s celebrations paid tribute to several local Indigenous women.
“The late Aunty Mabel Edmund, Aunty Karen Dowling, Aunty Cindy Williams and Aunty Merle O’Donnell are the special focus of this year’s celebrations in conjunction with this year’s national theme,” Aunty Vea Vea said.
“We will have their photos up with their story beside them, in honour of the ladies who’ve gone before us, as we stand on their shoulders and continue their work throughout the community.
“NAIDOC Week is a great time to come together to celebrate our culture and traditions, and we want to invite the whole community to these events to create an inclusive environment where everybody feels welcome. CCIM would like to thank all of the businesses and organisations that have provided great support in making our upcoming events possible.”
Mayor Bill Ludwig said NAIDOC Week celebrations were a hugely important event in Livingstone’s annual calendar and encouraged the community to get involved.
“Council is extremely proud to once again be facilitating, supporting and partnering in this year’s events with the traditional Darumbal owners, as our community celebrates and highlights the importance of the rich history, culture and achievements of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Cr Ludwig said.
Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton said as part of the celebrations, there will be a special Mountain Climb and Family Fun Day at Cawarral’s Gawula Aboriginal Land Trust on Saturday, 7 July.
The event will include a special naming ceremony and plaque unveiling for the two mountains that were recently renamed their traditional Darumbal titles, Gai-i and Baga, previously known as Mt Wheeler and Jim Crown respectively.
“NAIDOC Celebrations will culminate on Saturday July 14 July at Keppel Sands with a Walk and Family Fun Day starting at 10am meeting at the beachfront, followed by a special smoking ceremony, dancers, displays and more throughout the day in Mabel Edmund Park,” Cr Hutton said.
On the Capricorn Coast, the traditional owners are the Darumbal people and the Woppaburra people who inhabited Great Keppel and North Keppel islands.
For more information on the local NAIDOC Week events, go to https://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/1464/NAIDOC-2018