The venue for last Friday's A Day in the Dale NAIDOC Week celebrations was changed from Curtis Park to the Armidale Town Hall because of wet weather, but after such a long dry spell, you would not have found many complaints about the rain.
The march, speeches and flag raising ceremony were held at 10.30am at Central Park as originally planned, however, activities such as the traditional games and musical performers were held at the hall from noon.
Council’s Aboriginal Community development officer, Lisa Waters, said the annual celebration of the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was an event for everyone in the community,
“While the day is a chance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to recognise their heritage and achievements, past and present, it’s fantastic if the broader community can also be part of the celebration," Ms Waters said.
“That wider involvement is particularly relevant in light of this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, Because of Her We Can.
“The theme celebrates those strong women who have enriched our lives, opened up opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and made us what we are today.
She said that included Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women.
“Personally, there have been many non-Aboriginal women who have been an inspiration and a guide and in my journey,” Ms Waters said.
“Similarly, there are numerous Aboriginal women who are wonderful mentors for non-Aboriginal children and young people in our community.”
The day included a free barbecue with music by Terra Firma and Minimbah School and featured the return of the Cuppa with a Copper, to foster positive connections with local police.