AN UPLIFTING and empowering message washed over the crowd as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations this week.
Leeton Shire Council hosted an official ceremony on Wednesday morning in Chelmsford Place with a huge crowd of school students and community representatives turning out.
This year’s theme “Because of Her We Can” struck a chord with those present, with a special poem being read out by students from Parkview Public School and Leeton Public School speaking to the topic.
Parkview Public’s Wiradjuri Dance Group also performed to rapturous applause, with Paul Maytom giving his annual address.
”NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures and an opportunity to formally acknowledge the contributions of heritage of Indigenous Australians throughout our communities,” he said.
“This year’s theme is very special.
“This year we acknowledge the invaluable contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made and continue to make to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.”
A flag raising ceremony and morning tea rounded out the event.
A further NAIDOC Week celebration will held on July 10 at Gossamer Park in the form of a family fun day.
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