Dubbo and surrounding residents are being encouraged to join in TAFE Western Dubbo College’s NAIDOC Day celebrations on Thursday, September 17, with a range of fun, free activities for the entire family.
TAFE Western Aboriginal Community Consultant Melissa Olsen (pictured above, left) said NAIDOC was a time when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia celebrate survival, reconnect with family and community, and generally seek to celebrate life and culture.
“This year’s theme highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea. The theme is an opportunity to pay respects to country; honour those who work tirelessly on preserving land, sea and culture and to share the stories of many sites of significance or sacred places with the nation,” she said.
“This NAIDOC Day event in Dubbo is absolutely free and will have activities for children of all ages and their families, including live performances, interactive games, face painting, arts and crafts, demonstrations and many cultural enticing activities.”
Executive Assistant in the Aboriginal Education and Equity Unit Diana Turner (pictured above, right) said festivities would kick off at 11am at the Myall Street College with an official opening, followed by live performances from local primary students from Allira, St Mary’s, South Public and Buninyong primary schools.
“Students from South Dubbo Public and Buninyong Public will perform songs and nursery rhymes that they have been learning in language,” Mrs Turner said.
“We have also invited Year 10 students from the local high schools to participate and we have secured many inspirational speakers to deliver workshops to these students, including NRL stars Dean Widders and David Peachey.”
Mrs Olsen hopes the NAIDOC Day celebrations will help encourage a stronger relationship between TAFE Western and the Dubbo and surrounding communities.
“This event is not only a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate NAIDOC Day, it’s also an opportunity for TAFE Western to showcase the vast array of training options we have on offer here with teaching sections also setting up hands-on, practical and informative stalls,” she said.
“This is a very exciting year for TAFE Western and because we have one of the highest enrolments of Aboriginal peoples in Australia it makes sense for us to open the doors to our college and showcase information on the great courses we offer such as construction, retail, children’s services and nursing.”
For more information about the NAIDOC Day event, contact Diana Turner on 6883 3497 or Melissa Olsen on 6883 3466.