In 2018, NAIDOC Week will celebrate the contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made to communities, families, our rich history and nation with the theme: Because of Her, We Can. Leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have fought for law and justice, equal rights, rights to country, access to education, employment , culture, language, music and art.
Several highlights of the NAIDOC Week include the Combined Church Service, the Warwick Community Luncheon, NAIDOC Art Show, Waringh Waringh Elders Morning Tea, and Health Services. Most events are free-of-charge. The Warwick Community Luncheon, which invites anyone to share their own stories of women’s achievements from around the world, costs ten dollars for an adult and five dollars for a child. The event includes a community lunch, live music, dancers and invited guest speakers.
Southern Downs Mayor, Tracy Dobie addressed NAIDOC Week and the efforts of the participating organisations and community groups. “It’s inspiring to see government and non-government organisations working together to celebrate NAIDOC Week,” Dobie said. “I encourage all residents across the Southern Downs to attend any of the wonderful celebrations. These events have been organised for everyone to come together to reflect on the history and identity of our Indigenous culture.”
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