Big week of activities to showcase Aboriginal culture

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
South West Aboriginal Medical Services team are busy preparing many events and cultural activities for the beginning of NAIDOC week this Sunday.
Camera IconSouth West Aboriginal Medical Services team are busy preparing many events and cultural activities for the beginning of NAIDOC week this Sunday.

More than 2000 people are expected to attend events across the city next week for Naidoc Week celebrations from July 7-14.

South West Aboriginal Medical Services executive assistant Amanda Wallam said there would be plenty of cultural activities on offer during the week.

“Every year SWAMS host a Naidoc family fun day for the whole community of Bunbury and the regional South West,” Ms Wallam said. “We’ve got a range of cool little activities happening for the little children right through to adults, so there will be so much happening and it’s going to be fantastic.”

Ms Wallam said the Yaka Danjoo events had also planned an entire week’s worth of activities.

“SWAMS also run the Elders luncheon in the community but there are a whole range of other activities that are going to run through Naidoc week which is also run by the Yaka Danjoo events.”

Ms Wallam said Naidoc Week was a special time for Aboriginal people to showcase their culture.

“It is so important just to be able to show the community and teach them Aboriginal culture and all of our traditions, sharing our stories,” Ms Wallam said.

“It’s just putting our culture out there and sharing it with the community.”

Mrs Wallam said she hoped to get as many people from the community there as possible.

“We used to get around 600 people attend events across the week and now we get close on 2000 so we are hoping for even more this year.”

NAIDOC week will officially get under way this Sunday at the Dolphin Discovery Centre with the South West Naidoc awards and it will finish on Sunday, July 14.

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