NAIDOC Week has come to mean more than just a time of recognition of Indigenous people, but a reason to shed light on issues, celebrate and have a voice.
These values will be celebrated in Leeton shire next month as part of the week, which kicks off nationally from July 7 until July 14.
This year's theme is "Voice, Treaty, Truth - let's work together for a shared future".
The 2019 theme acknowledges how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia's democracy.
To mark the week there will be several opportunities to celebrate in Leeton shire.
Leeton Shire Council will hold an official flag-raising ceremony on July 4 at 10am outside its office.
The ceremony is being co-ordinated in partnership with the Leeton and District Local Aboriginal Land Council and will also include an exhibition of artworks completed by shire schools.
Following the official ceremony there will be a light morning tea inside the council chambers.
Ramping up the celebrations will be a family fun day at Gossamer Park, which is being hosted by the Leeton and District Local Aboriginal Land Council.
This will take place on July 11 from 11am to 2pm and the whole community is invited to take part and enjoy everything from a free barbecue lunch and services expo to family activities and more.
The event will be moved to Parkview Public School in the case of inclement weather.
Leeton shire residents have been encouraged to support both events and support the Indigenous people living in the community.
For more information about either event contact 6953 4344 or 6953 0913.
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