The NAIDOC Week theme, ‘because of her, we can,’ resonated with community members at Wreck Bay on Monday.
A NAIDOC Day service, led entirely by women, honoured matriarchs, sisters, daughters, aunties and mothers, who are the backbone of Indigenous communities in Australia.
“With their love, dedication and strength we have survived and will continue to survive,” keynote speaker MP Linda Burney said.
“We have come through protectionist policies, and to see the strength and numbers here today is entirely inspiring.”
Two local Indigenous girls troupes performed traditional dances and a Year 12 student from Vincentia High performed a poem about her experience of racism.
Tasma Ardler referred to the nasty comments and generalisations people had made about her, and why she refused to stand for the national anthem; to protest the massacre of her forefathers.
When the ceremony finished, a rush of kids ran to the carnival rides, to enjoy a day of free entertainment.