More than 100 people attended the NAIDOC Week Youth Celebration held at Lions Park on Wednesday July 7, enjoying the variety of entertainment and classic Australian food on offer.
The celebration was organised by Glen Innes Severn Council’s Youth Worker, Kristy Newbury, in conjunction with Pathfinders and the Armajun Aboriginal Health Service.
Local Aboriginal Elder John Kirk opened the program of events with a Welcome to Country and the cutting of the NAIDOC Celebration Cake which was a decorated vanilla sponge.
John Kirk also spoke about this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, “we stand on sacred ground”.
A highlight of the celebration was the ‘drum beat’ performed by Armajun as an interactive session with many in attendance learning about various drum beats and then having an opportunity to join in.
Linker Jason Reed said the day went really well with the all the various performances.
“It was a brilliant day and well supported,” he said.
“It’s great to see the community support this because without their involvement things would not happen.”
Performances during the morning included Duke Bailey from Pathfinders, as well as singing, didgeridoos, rapping, R & B and poetry readings.
Local Elders prepared home-made damper and kangaroo stew which helped keep participants happy and warm.
Council’s Youth Worker Kristy Newbury was congratulated for organising a very successful NAIDOC Week event.