City of Mount Gambier joined Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation to acknowledge and celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with the launch of NAIDOC Week, 8 – 15 November 2020.
The theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ recognises that First Nations peoples have occupied and cared for Australia for more 65,000 years. It acknowledges and celebrates that the first footprints on Australian soil were those of the First Nations people.
“NAIDOC Week 2020 encourages all Australians to embrace the true history of this country, a history which dates back thousands of generations,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin OAM said.
“In Mount Gambier and across the nation, NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to highlight the importance of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and celebrate our First Nations peoples.”
To launch NAIDOC week, Mayor Martin joined in the annual flag raising ceremony this morning and hosted a reception for Elders and community leaders at City Hall.