NAIDOC Week Kwinana - Our Languages Matter

​​​7 June 2017

Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people during Kwinana’s NAIDOC Week celebrations. This year the community will enjoy a complete program of events and activities for all ages commencing Sunday 25 June. Kwinana’s NAIDOC celebrations will run a week ahead of official NAIDOC Week to allow co​mmunity members to support their local events as well as attend state-wide events around Perth. 

The Kwinana NAIDOC Week Opening Day on Monday 26 June  will be full of activities for the whole family to learn about the proud aboriginal culture in their local area​. Starting with a welcome to country and traditional smoking ceremony, NAIDOC awards will be presented and the crowd will be treated to performances that showcase local indigenous talent.

One of Kwinana’s youngest-ever NAIDOC performers, six-year-old Desmond Hansen will be showcasing his skills with a drumming performance at the Official Opening. The talented Medina Primary student has been playing drums with expert rhythm since just four years old.

The theme for NAIDOC Week  2016 is ‘our languages matter’, celebrating the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said she was pleased to see the community work together to deliver a packed program of NAIDOC activities.​

“NADIOC Week is an opportunity for us to come together and recognise those in our community who work tirelessly preserving the stories and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people. As one of the oldest continuing cultures in the world, we are proud to celebrate NAIDOC Week each year in Kwinana.” 

“Medina Aboriginal Cultural Community (MACC) has been at the centre of the Aboriginal community in Kwinana for over 40 years. I encourage the community to show their support for the incredible work of MACC by attending their Open Day in Medina.” said Mayor Adams.​

Kwinana NAIDOC Week is supported by the City of Kwinana, Relationships Australia WA, Moorditj Koort, BHP Billiton, MACC and the Australian Government – Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. 

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​​​Six-year-old drummer Desmond Hansen practicing for his NAIDOC Kwinana performance.
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