NAIDOC an opportunity to celebrate culture

Gracie Yarnold and Marli Tidds.
Gracie Yarnold and Marli Tidds.

NSW NAIDOC week has come to Glen Innes' main street.

Joblink youth consultant Kerryn Yarnold said the week is an important opportunity to help connect a new generation with Indigenous culture.

"That's why we got Nick in here to give a demonstration of art, just to keep that culture alive," she said.

Ms Yarnold has Indigenous heritage and said it's an important thing for her personally.

Joblink's motto is the word Didarri, which is often translated to 'listen deeply'.

The concept, which comes from the Ngan'gikurunggurr and Ngen'giwumirri languages of the Northern Territory's Daly River region. They have an expression to 'bend the knees" which refers to a person's ability to sit down with another and really listen on a deep level.

Jack and Tristan from Glen Innes public school.

Jack and Tristan from Glen Innes public school.

This year's NAIDOC theme is voice, treaty, truth and finishes Sunday.

Joblink held a sausage sizzle for the occasion.

"For Australia as a whole it should be extremely important. They're our first nations people - we've got so much to learn from them," said Kerryn Yarnold.

"If we've got elders there that are willing to embrace our young people, teach them the ways, teach them the respect (that's great)."

Glen Innes schools held their NAIDOC celebrations last week, in advance of public holidays.