Kwinana’s NAIDOC Week celebrations kicked off with a full house at the opening event at Medina Hall featuring didgeridoo and dance performances on Monday, 27 June.
Children from Wellard Primary School, Medina Primary School, Peter Carnley Anglican Community School and the Koya club were involved in the opening event performances and the NAIDOC Week events were planned and delivered in collaboration with a host of local service providers.
The Moorditj Kulungar playgroup at Bright Futures Children’s Services held a special event on Tuesday 28 June before Elders met for a special lunch at the Kwinana Bowl’s Club on Wednesday 29 June.
An afternoon youth event at the Edge Skatepark was held for 12 to 24-year-olds and The Zone Youth Space included a workshop facilitated by Deadly Denim, held in partnership with the City of Kwinana and the Indigenous Institute of Indigenous Wellbeing and Sport Aboriginal Corporation.
The local NAIDOC Awards were announced at the Medina Aboriginal Cultural Community (MACC) Family Day on Thursday, 30 June with Lynnette Coomer named Aboriginal Person of the Year.
Roslyn Indich received the Edith Woods Award for Elder of the Year, and the Trish Johnson Award for contribution by non-Aboriginal members of the community went to Lesley and Tamahou Natana.
The Daniel Wells Youth of the Year Award was presented to Tama Oakley, and the Mick Indich Sportsperson of the Year Award went to Shayne Jacobs.
Two local Elders, Maria Taylor and Des Little, were also acknowledged at the event as they were both named Elder of the Year at the NAIDOC Perth Awards on Saturday, 25 June.
The celebrations, held a week early so community members could join in state-wide NAIDOC Week activities, ends with the Little Peeps Ball in Medina Hall tonight.
Mayor Carol Adams congratulated the local NAIDOC Awards winners and commended the many people and groups involved in hosting and supporting celebrations in Kwinana.
“The MACC Family Day was arguably the biggest turn out we’ve seen so far with incredible weather for people to enjoy the rides, family activities and food under the trees including kangaroo stew and damper,” Mayor Adams said.
“The City of Kwinana is proud to support these local NAIDOC celebrations with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.”