It’s that time of year again when we celebrate the achievements of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by participating in NAIDOC Week.
A parade will be held in Seymour today, while Mitchell Shire Council also conducted a special flag-raising ceremony on Monday.
NAIDOC Week runs until Sunday, and is an annual nationwide celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Council has partnered with the Seymour Local Aboriginal Network to help run the NAIDOC Week Parade and Celebration, to be held today in Seymour.
The celebration, from 10.30am to 2pm, will feature a traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, free community feast, family-friendly activities and service provider stalls.
The parade will begin at 11am (people are encouraged to be there by 10.30am) from the corner of Station and Crawford streets, and will finish at Kings Park.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said NAIDOC Week was a fantastic way to recognise the vast contributions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our community.
‘‘Mitchell Shire has a rich and proud Indigenous history.
‘‘Our Shire sits on the traditional lands of Taungurung and the Wurundjeri people and to this day we can still see evidence of these clans through rock art, rock shelters and place names,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.