NAIDOC Week up and going

By Riverine Herald

CROWDS gathered at Njernda Medical Centre on Monday for the official opening of NAIDOC Week.

The theme of this year’s NAIDOC is ‘‘because of her, we can’’, celebrating the essential role women have played — and continue to play — as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels.

Njernda deputy chief executive Johnny Mitchell opened the ceremony, speaking about the vital role women play in Aboriginal communities.

Uncle Rick Ronnan performed a smoking ceremony, while Narjiic Day-Burns played the didgeridoo and children from Berrimba Childcare Centre performed a dance.

Six local elders raised the Aboriginal flag to close the ceremony.

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