By Claire Ottaviano
THE postponement of July NAIDOC week events did not dampen the spirit, energy and enthusiasm of community members who came out to celebrate at the rescheduled City of Swan NAIDOC event on Tuesday.
This year’s theme, Heal Country, Heal our Nation, invited the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
With the City of Swan having the largest number of Aboriginal people of any metro local government, Mayor Kevin Bailey said Swan was a community of tolerance and understanding.
“Our NAIDOC event was a showcase of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with fantastic cultural events that echoed this year’s theme, Heal Country; a call for stronger measures to recognise, protect and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage,” he said.
Midvale Hub mother’s group served kangaroo stew with many events and stalls by Centrecare, Swan City Youth Services, First Nations Homelessness Project, Wungening Moort, Meerlinga, Midland Women’s Health Care Place, Moorditj Koort and more.