How you can celebrate NAIDOC week
NAIDOC Week will be marked in Ballina Shire nextweek and there are plenty of opportunities to join the celebrations of theculture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This year's theme is "Voice. Treaty. Truth”.
The indigenous "voice” is more than 65,000 years old and they were the first words spoken on this continent.
The annual NAIDOC Week walk along River St from the Ballina RSL Club carpark will be held on Monday from 10am.
Walkers will head to the Ballina Visitor Information Centre for a formal ceremony.
On Tuesday, the NAIDOC sports day will be held at Kingsford Smith Park in Ballina from 10am-3pm.
There will be sporting activities, traditional indigenous games, stalls and a barbecue lunch for four to 14-year-olds.
The NAIDOC open-air children's movie night will be held that night from 5.30-9pm at the Missingham Park Amphitheatre.
Next Wednesday is Cabbage Tree Island Day, with events for kids, elders, weaving and other cultural activities from 10.30am-2pm.
It's a free event.
The celebrations return to Ballina's Missingham Park Amphitheatre on Thursday, July 11, for the Bunjum Cultural Family Day from 10am-3pm.
It's a free event with cultural activities, arts, crafts, music and special guest speakers.
Part of the ceremony will include the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Awards.
There also will be bus tours to local significant cultural sites.
A youth disco will be held that evening from 5pm at the Ballina Masonic Centre. Juniors can hit the dance floor from 5-6.30pm while the older kids will have their turn from 7-9pm.
The NAIDOC awards and dinner dance will be held at Cherry Street Sports Club on Friday, July 12, from 6.30-10.30pm.
The annual NAIDOC Art Exhibition will be on display at the Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre from Sunday through to Thursday next week.
It features diverse works by Aboriginal artists living and working in the Northern Rivers.
The event launch will be held on Sunday from 11am-noon.
Exhibition hours are Monday to Wednesday, 11am-4pm, and Thursday, 9am-4pm.
For more information NAIDOC Week, visit www.ballina.nsw.gov.au or www.discoverballina. com.au.