Celebrating NAIDOC Week | ROCK NAIDOC

Message from the NAIDOC Chairperson

Healing Country

Gudamulli Ngathu Narri Kristina Hatfield

I am a proud Descendant of the Darumbal people who are the Traditional Owners of this area where we Celebrate NAIDOC Week. I would like to acknowledge and pay Yadaba (Respect) to My Ancestors, your Ancestors, and all Elders past and present. Darumbal people are proud to have so many other Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people living on Darumbal Nunthi, these people have worked hard in all different industries alongside non-indigenous people to help make this region what it is today.

This years theme is “Healing Country “Country that is more than a place and inherent to our identity. Country that we speak about like a person, sustaining our lives in every aspect - spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.

NAIDOC Stands for National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee, NAIDOC week has been celebration by Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people since the 1920’s.

I am very happy to Acknowledge that we have 8 Platinum Sponsors for 2021 NAIDOC Celebrations; Darumbal People Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (DPAC), Central Qld Indigenous Development (CQID), Bidgerdii Community Health Service, Darumbal Community Youth Service (DCYSI), Juwarki Kupa-Lug, FMSTUDIOS, Laing O’Rourke and CQ University. On behalf of the Rock NAIDOC Committee I would like to thank all the above Sponsors for without their Support and Sponsorship NAIDOC Week Celebrations would not be possible.

The Rock NAIDOC Committee would like to invite all those who live on and around the Rockhampton Region to be a part of and attend some of the events on the Rock NAIDOC Calendar page, and you can also keep up to date with event on our Rock NAIDOC facebook page.

There will be over 25 Indigenous & Non-Indigenous organisations showcasing their services by holding events such as Kup-Mari gathering hosted by CQID, Ronald Munns Memorial Touch Football Carnival hosted by DCYSI & CQ Bulls, Baby Show hosted by Hippy Program, NAIDOC March & Expo, NAIDOC Corporate Breakfast hosted by Laing O’Rourke, 3 on 3 Basketball hosted by Flexing Learning Centre, Elders Morning hosted by Bidgerdii Health, CQUni Symposium just to name a few.

NAIDOC week is not only a time for us Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to celebrate our Culture, but also a time where we acknowledge Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders achievements and encourage our Non Indigenous community to join in and learn more about our Culture and the importance of our Connection to this land on which we all live.

We invite you and your families to join in our NAIDOC March & Expo, lets Celebrate Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders Culture & History together.

Yanman dyanju

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