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Celebrate Aboriginal culture for NAIDOC Week

July 10, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

July 6 – 13 is NAIDOC Week, and the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association is encouraging all Australians to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their culture.

Josh Whiteland, Koomal Dreaming

NAIDOC, which stands for National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee, is a national observation held in the first week of July to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and provide an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

Local Wardandi man and owner of Aboriginal cultural tour company Koomal Dreaming, Josh Whiteland, advised that if all local communities get behind NAIDOC week it can become a celebrated event in every respect.

“NAIDOC Week looks at reconciliation and celebration of Aboriginal culture – which is something we don’t do in Australia. We’ve got one of the oldest living cultures in the world, and it’s really exciting to celebrate our native foods and culture,” said Mr Whiteland.

“Throughout July and the six-seasonal change we are always celebrating and spending time on country, teaching younger generations cultural perspective,” said Mr Whiteland.

AMRTA’s Chief Executive Officer Pip Close affirmed that NAIDOC Week was an important celebration and thanked local Aboriginal tourism operators for their contribution to Indigenous tourism in the Margaret River Region.

“Our local Aboriginal tourism members, Koomal Dreaming and the Wardan Centre, do a brilliant job to uphold and promote Indigenous tourism in our region and we would like to take this opportunity to celebrate and congratulate them for this,” said Ms Close.

“We would also like to congratulate Koomal Dreaming for recently taking out the Tourism Award and the Aboriginal Business Award categories in the South West Small Business Awards – what a wonderful achievement,” she said.

Mr Whiteland advised that although there were no formal celebrations happening in the Margaret River Region for NAIDOC Week, that people could get together and respectfully immerse themselves in Aboriginal culture.

“Our family will be collecting native foods and sharing food with our relatives and friends, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.

“If all families get together and celebrate Aboriginal culture it creates a whole engaging effect – it’s what makes us who we are,” he said.

For more information on NAIDOC Week visit www.naidoc.org.au.

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