Celebrating the Trailblazers: NAIDOC Week Honors Our Elders

Tweed Shire Council Celebrates NAIDOC Week 2022

Tweed Shire Council is excited to announce its support for this year’s NAIDOC Week, a week-long celebration of the contributions made by First Nations people to the Tweed community. From Sunday 2 July to Sunday 7 July, a vibrant calendar of events will take place, showcasing the rich history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Join the Festivities

NAIDOC Week in Tweed promises a wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy. From a sports and cultural day to beach and water activities, fishing workshops, a NAIDOC dinner dance, and the annual Tweed NAIDOC march and corroboree in the park, there is something for everyone to participate in and celebrate.

This year’s theme, “For Our Elders,” pays tribute to the important role that Elders have played and continue to play in communities and families. Their strength, knowledge, and experience have paved the way for the generations that follow.

Program Highlights

The official Tweed Heads NAIDOC Week program will kick off with a flag-raising ceremony at the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Museum on Sunday 2 July at 9 am. The week will continue with various events such as a cultural day, fishing workshop, Hall of Fame induction and reflection, sports day and expo, and Juraki Saltwater Day activities.

The highlight of the week will be the annual Tweed NAIDOC March on Friday 7 July. The community will gather at the Tweed Civic Centre and march along Wharf Street to Jack Evans Boat Harbour for a corroboree in the park. The week will conclude with a Tweed NAIDOC Dinner Dance at Coolangatta Tweed Golf Club.

Embrace the Culture

Aunty Dale Williams, a member of Council’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee, encourages all Tweed residents to join in the week’s activities and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Tweed Bundjalung country. She emphasizes that NAIDOC Week is a time to honor and preserve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, which has been passed down through generations.

Tim Appo, Council’s Community Development Officer, highlights the importance of respecting and learning from our Elders. He reminds us that NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to listen and absorb the wisdom of those who have paved the way for us.

Get Involved

For more information about national NAIDOC Week activities, visit www.naidoc.org.au. To participate in the Tweed Shire Council’s NAIDOC Week events, refer to the program below:

Sunday 2 July

  • Flag raising ceremony, 9-10 am, Minjungbal Museum, 17 Kirkwood Rd, Tweed Heads South
  • Church Service, 10.30 am – 12 pm, Minjungbal Museum

Monday 3 July

  • Tweed Cultural Day, 10 am – 2 pm, Minjungbal Museum
  • NAIDOC Youth Fishing Workshop, 10 am, meet at Minjungbal Museum, 2.30 pm finishes at New Fingal Boat Harbour. Register your interest by texting 0456 192 951 or emailing [email protected]

Tuesday 4 July

  • Hall of Fame induction/reflection, 9.30 am – 11 am, Minjungbal Museum
  • Elders/Seniors lunch, 12 pm – 2.30 pm, Minjungbal Museum

Wednesday 5 July

  • Sports Day and Expo, 10 am – 3 pm, Arkinstall Park, Robert Street, Tweed Heads South

Thursday 6 July

  • Juraki Saltwater Day, 10 am – 3 pm, Fingal Head Beach, 1 Marine Parade, Fingal Head
  • Elders/Seniors Community Lunch, 10.30 am – 2.30 pm, South Tweed Sports Club, 4 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South, email [email protected]

Friday 7 July

  • Tweed NAIDOC March and Corroboree in the park, 10 am – 11.30 am, meet at Tweed Civic Centre, Wharf Street, and march to Jack Evans Boat Harbour
  • Tweed NAIDOC Dinner Dance, 6 pm – midnight, Coolangatta Tweed Golf Club, Soorley Street, Tweed Heads South, Tickets through Humantix

Website Author’s Quote

“NAIDOC week is about the community coming together to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Tweed Bundjalung country. Our Elders have kept our culture alive, passing it down from generation to generation – this week is all about our culture’s survival.” – Aunty Dale Williams, Elder and Goodjinburra descendant

Website Author’s Conclusion

NAIDOC Week is an important time for the Tweed community to honor and recognize the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on Earth. Let’s come together, embrace the culture, and show our respect and gratitude to our Elders who have paved the way for us.

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