Celebrate achievements and culture all week

Kristin MacfarlaneSouth Western Times
Brothers Benjamin and Jacob Narkle, 9 raise the flag aheaed of this years NAIDOC Week.
Camera IconBrothers Benjamin and Jacob Narkle, 9 raise the flag aheaed of this years NAIDOC Week. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Kaya is the Noongar meaning for hello and Bunbury residents are encouraged to use it as a way of celebrating NAIDOC Week and its theme of Our Languages Matter.

NAIDOC week, which runs during the first full week of July, celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It got under way in Bunbury with a flag raising and NAIDOC awards ceremony yesterday.

The week is organised in Bunbury by the Yaka Dandjoo Aboriginal Events Committee and chairwoman Karen Jetta said events such as luncheons, open days, sports and football days, a family fun day, a film night and a career and health expo would run throughout the week with the final official event being a ball on Saturday night.

“Every day there is something happening,” Mrs Jetta said.

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“It’s just to recognise all the great stuff that out community members have achieved,” she said.

Mrs Jetta hopes members of the Bunbury community support the annual event and theme by using the word kaya as opposed to hello more often as well as by attending as many activities as they can.

“Start learning the language, the more we get it out there the better it will be,” she said.

“Come and join in.”

Mrs Jetta said NAIDOC Week was about highlighting the successes achieved by the Indigenous community and celebrating their rich culture.

She encouraged yaka dandjoo, which means working together.

“That’s what we’re about,” she said.

“We don’t want to hear the negatives, this week is all about the positives.”

Today, a Noongar Wellbeing and Sports School Holiday Program will be held between 10am and 2pm at Kelly Park, where the Duncan Bennell Memorial Football Game will also be played from 11am.

Mrs Jetta invited the community to attend.

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