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NAIDOC Week events

NAIDOC events are being held for Broken Hill locals until Saturday.

NAIDOC stands for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day of Observance Committee, and it became a week-long celebration in 1975.

Montana with daughter Sasha.

The events are a great way of celebrating Aboriginal culture and people in Broken Hill have been doing just that by showing up at the different events.

Whether you are Indigenous or non-Indigenous, the events this week are a way to show your support and amplify the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our community.

Locals attended the flag-raising ceremony on Monday, followed by a free BBQ and the Colour Run Event in Sturt Park.

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Chantelle Kambouris and her daughters enjoyed sausage sandwiches while waiting for the colour run to begin.   

“We heard about NAIDOC week and the colour run from North School.

It’s great to get out of the house for the colour run,” Ms Kambouris said.

Another family out enjoying the run were the Matthew’s family, who finished the run together.

Ayla, Chantelle and Sienna Kambouris

On Tuesday morning, a few people braved the cold for the arts and crafts session at Wellbeing Place.

“My grandmother taught me to paint as a young girl, so this is something I wanted to come to,” Ms Tarminya Brown said.    

Ms Brown moved from Shellharbour on the South Coast of NSW to Broken Hill to undertake a traineeship about eighteen months ago and said she valued the time to connect and meet up with other people at the NAIDOC events.

The NAIDOC Get up! Stand up! Show up! events continue until Saturday, with the Far West Local Health District morning tea and celebratory NAIDOC Week Cake being held in the garden area at the Broken Hill Community Health Centre from 10:30am to 11:30am.

The Wiimpatja owners of the Mutawintjii National Park will be hosting a two-day celebration of Aboriginal culture on Friday and Saturday.

For the more sport-minded people, there is Broken Hill AFL’s Indigenous Round at Jubilee Oval from 2:30pm on Saturday.   

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