Armidale court had a different atmosphere this morning. The first NAIDOC celebration to be held in the public areas at the rear of the Armidale court was supported by visitors from our Aboriginal elders, justice, police, and the local community.
In celebration of NAIDOC Week 2019, the Aboriginal Service Unit (ASU) and the Armidale Court House held a morning tea for all who may have wandered into the Armidale Court House. Armidale morning. Fiona Lovelock was happy to see those involved in the justice community and local indigenous people all enjoyed morning tea, "on a such a drizzly cold" she said.
"Those who attended joined together as a community, strengthened by respectful relationships, on our journey to contributing and building pathways, to justice," said Fiona.
NAIDOC celebrations are for Aboriginal people in Australia to go forward with courage, strength and move forward as one.
Today's morning tea at the Armidale Court House was a small event to bring community, clients and service providers together for tea and cake.
The Morning Tea included a Welcome by Ms Carol Green from the Department of Education, the cutting of the cake was shared by Mr Greg Strong and Max a local Armidale resident, this symbolised our shared journey embedded in justice, good will and respect.
"A special thank you to the Armidale Court Registrar and her staff for supporting NAIDOC Week and a special thank you to all those who attended," said Fiona.
NAIDCO Week is a time for all Australians to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,
"Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together for a shared future" is the theme for the 2019 celebrations, a time to come together as a community and celebrate our families, our community and all our strength.