NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life, who participate in a range of activities and to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. The theme of this year’s event was “Our Languages Matter.”
Intract’s Darwin team was a major sponsor of this year’s NAIDOC Official Flag Raising Ceremony and Family Day held in Darwin’s Raintree Park. The event was attended by Intract’s Northern Australia’s General Manager, Michael Rotumah.
The event included a free breakfast, guest speakers including Senior Cultural Educator Mr Richard Fejo, a member of the Darwin Labor party committee Ms Ngaree Ah Kit MLA, Strong Aboriginal Families, Together (SAFT) Chief Executive Officer Ms Josephine Crawshaw, Director of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Interpreter Service, Ms Colleen Rosas and ABC sports presenter Mr Charlie King. The day also featured live entertainment including local Indigenous dance group, One Mob.
Meanwhile, in South Australia, Intract’s team ran a stall at the NAIDOC Family Fun Day Event held in Victoria Square, Adelaide. There were 46 stalls in total with approximately 1,500 people in attendance. Entertainment was provided by local Aboriginal acts such as Kineman Karma and the Paitya Dance Group making it a memorable day for all.