NAIDOC Celebration – Newcastle Youth Interagency

Newcastle Youth Interagency July 10 @ Awabakal

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

To help celebrate NAIDOC Week, our Newcastle Youth Interagency meeting focused on celebrating local Aboriginal leaders in our community. To kick off our celebration, the amazing team at Awabakal put on a BBQ breaky of egg and bacon rolls and fruit and yogurt. This was a great chance for services to catch up over a cuppa, have a yarn and connect. Special thanks to Awabakal Youth Programs Officer Zoe Khan for her stellar organisational skills and keeping me on track!

Next up, local Aboriginal Elder Uncle William Smith (or Uncle Bill to his friends and family) walked us through a Smoking Ceremony and delivered a Welcome to Country which spoke of the importance of culture and connections. It is always an honor to hear Uncle Bill share his knowledge and passion for culture and his community.

Saretta Fielding is a local Aboriginal Artist who delivered a presentation of her work and how she uses are to connect to culture and community. She is an international artist who has a heart for people and her community, with a passion to share her industry knowledge, networks and opportunities with  Aboriginal Artists.  Her passion for Culture and the arts has led to a successful art business, seen Saretta go on to established Malang (meaning together in the Awabakal language) Indigenous Corporations as a not-for-profit registered under ORIC to provide the vehicle to champion her fellow artist, through an innovative initiative called  Malang Artist Together Social Enterprise and building an ongoing viable art business that’s vision is to create jobs opportunities, linkages and openings for our Aboriginal artist into the future.

To close the meeting, the always talented Wakakulang Boys shared story through dance. The group learn and share culture together and connect to community through performing at local events and school programs across the hunter. You can contact them through their Facebook page to book a performance or learn more about what they do.

For more photos check out Instagram: @newyyouthcommunity Facebook: @newcastle.ydo

Forget to get someone’s email address? Checkout the NYI Mailing List and Database 10.07.2019 for the collated attendance list.

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