NAIDOC Week starts on Sunday, 3rd July until Sunday, 11th July and this year’s theme is Heal Country!
The Parkes community is invited to a day of celebration on Saturday, 10th July at the Bushman Hill Indigenous precinct in Wentworth street for a three-hour program packed with entertainment from 11.30am.
Performing live will be the River Spirit Dancers, local band – 3 Day Bender and the Parkes Shire Concert Band. There will also be didgeridoo playing, service provider stalls, face painting, jewellery making and a special NAIDOC award ceremony.
Parkes Rotary will be cooking a free sau-sage sizzle lunch, while there will also be some traditional foods to sample. The hot food van Spuddy Buddy, and a coffee van will also be there.
COVID restriction rules may apply, and a hand sanitising station will be available and community members must sign in and keep to the social distancing rules.
If the weather turns inclement the event will be relocated to the Parkes High School Hall.
NAIDOC 2021 invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.
Heal Country is a call to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.
Country that is more than a place and inherent to our identity. Country that we speak about like a person, sustaining our lives in every aspect – spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.