A family-friendly community event, the announcement of the Sealin Garlett Community Leadership Award and a free Nyoongar language class are part of the City of Fremantle’s celebrations to mark 2021 NAIDOC Week.
Held from 4-11 July, this year’s NAIDOC Week theme Heal Country! recognises the special connection between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the nation, and opens conversations about protecting our lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration and destruction.
Fremantle Deputy Mayor Andrew Sullivan encouraged residents to get involved in the activities on offer during NAIDOC Week and to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“NAIDOC Week also provides an opportunity for all of us to learn about Nyoongar culture from our local Aboriginal Elders and community members,” Cr Sullivan said.
“The land where Fremantle (Walyalup) sits has always been a significant place of ceremonies, cultural practices and trading.