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NAIDOC Week Celebrations in Merredin

Published on Monday, 9 August 2021 at 3:09:33 PM

NAIDOC Week was celebrated around Australia from 4 - 11 July, 2021. This years theme was Heal Country, which calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

To celebrate this year’s NAIDOC Week, there was a window display created at the Visitor Centre which included a sea of hands that were designed by various students at St Mary’s Primary, images and resources from Merredin College and the Merredin Library. The display caught many eyes of people walking past, and will stay in the window until Friday, 6 August.

Also part of the NAIDOC Week celebrations, a free ‘Art and Yarn’ session open to all members of the public was held at the Avon Youth Community Centre. The event was a great opportunity for the community to come together, make new friends, and paint boomerangs while learning about Indigenous symbols. There was even a delicious sausage sizzle for attendees which was cooked by the Merredin Police!

The day was very successful, with all 30 boomerangs painted with additional paintings created on paper and canvas to display at the Visitor Centre. It was wonderful to see the Youth Centre activated and in full capacity alongside Njaki Njaki Elders popping into the Art and Yarn session. Many thanks go out to Avon Youth Community Services, Merredin Police and the Merredin Youth Committee for their efforts.

Further community NAIDOC Week celebrations will be celebrated at Merredin College from 2 - 6 August. This will  involve a weeks’ worth of activities which are also open to the community to attend.



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