Participants and community members who attended Friday’s NAIDOC Day event at Wellington Race Course enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC Week was celebrated right across the country last week and a number of Wellington Aboriginal organisations joined forces to put together this successful community event.
People of all ages attended the local celebration with Aboriginal arts and crafts, a petting zoo, bull riding, singing, dancing and other fun activities bringing the Wellington community together for this memorable occasion.
“NAIDOC Week is a very important celebration for hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in and around Wellington, and it was great to see such a good response from the community despite the inclement weather,” TAFE Western Wellington College Team Leader and local Aboriginal resident Adam Peckham said.
“The atmosphere was great and the feedback we received from the community has been really positive. It was especially satisfying to see so many youngsters in attendance, learning the importance of NAIDOC Week.”
Mr Peckham said representatives from the State Emergency Service (SES) and Ambulance NSW also had a strong presence there, showcasing their vehicles and promoting their vitally important services.
“TAFE Western also took the opportunity to showcase a new and exciting Aboriginal Education and Training Unit (AETU) brokered course that we believe will appeal to many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Wellington and Dubbo district,” Mr Peckham said.
“The Certificate II: Skills for Work and Training course - with an Aboriginal contextualised theme -will allow participants to do a variety of elective and hands-on units such as Aboriginal arts and crafts with Aunty Iris Reid, Aboriginal Languages with Connie Ah See and Aboriginal music with Michael Donovan.”
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