NAIDOC in the Blue Mountains: 'Voice. Truth. Treaty'
We celebrated the National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Celebration (NAIDOC) with a ceremony and morning tea at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre on Monday, 8 July.
Council’s Aboriginal Community Development Officer Brad Moore hosted the ceremony on behalf of the Aboriginal Advisory Council, with guest speakers Gundungurra Elder Aunty Sharyn Halls and Darug artist Leanne Tobin.
The two women spoke eloquently and passionately on this year’s NAIDOC theme of Voice, Truth, Treaty.
Aunty Pat Field received the NAIDOC Recognition Award for Person of the Year for her extensive work in the community and across a range of government at federal, state and local level.
The NAIDOC Youth Award went to Olivia Eynon, recognised for her willingness to get involved with programs run by the Blue Mountains Aboriginal Culture & Resource Centre.
Council, the Blue Mountains City Council’s Aboriginal Advisory Council and the Blue Mountains NAIDOC Committee are hosting a range of events during July for NAIDOC.
Pictured: Aunty Pat Field, Council's Aboriginal Community Development Officer Brad Moore and Gundungurra Elder Aunty Merle Williams.