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Join us for our NAIDOC week community celebration 2017

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We invite you to join us in celebrating NAIDOC Week with us, a time to recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on:

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

12.30pm – 3.30pm

Community Services #1, 63 BOOLIMBA CRES, NARRABUNDAH

Eight of Canberra’s community organisations have teamed up to celebrate with a special event for everyone. They are Community Services #1, Marymead, The Smith Family, Woden Community Service, Northside Community Service, YWCA Canberra, ACTCOSS, and Karralika.

WHAT’S ON

  • Live music and dance performances
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Exhibition
  • A ‘Conversation Circle’ where four proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
  • share their unique life journeys
  • Indigenous Art Workshop for Children
  • BBQ Lunch
  • Displays, stalls and gift bags!

For full list of NAIDOC events in ACT click HERE

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About the theme - "Our Languages Matter"

The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.

Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.

Acknowledgement of Country

"Woden Community Service acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional owners of this land and their continuing connection to land and community. We also acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have come from other nations to live on Ngunnawal land. We pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders past, present and future."