MANY hands were raised together within a map of Australia at East Ballina's Southern Cross School K-12 on Tuesday.
The hands were paper cut-outs in the colours of the Aboriginal flag, and were placed by students of the school as part of week-long activities to mark NAIDOC Week.
Year 7 student Rachael Laurenson said she thought about thanking Aboriginal people for “accepting us to their country” after she placed her hand, while Sam Limpenny-Fawcett agreed with the theme of “accepting”.
The school also hosted a performance by indigenous comedian Sean Choolburra, and throughout the week students are being taught about Aboriginal culture.
NAIDOC stands for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC), while NAIDOC Week, which is a celebration of Aboriginal and Islander culture, has its roots in the 1920s.
Next week, July 1-8, is the official NAIDOC Week, with the theme Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on.
The Ballina Shire community can join the annual NAIDOC Week march along River St from the Ballina RSL Club car park on Monday, July 2, meeting at 9.30am and stepping off at 10am, which is followed by a Welcome to Country and flag-raising ceremony at the Ballina Visitor Information Centre, River St.
The program is on the website ballina.nsw.gov.au.