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NAIDOC Week around the region

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Pictured is the Bigal Nali Jagun dancers: Rebes Reuben, Uncle Lewis Walker, Nigel Stewart and Uncle Magpie Currie, who marked the start of NAIDOC Week on Monday at the Byron Shire Council chambers. Photo Jeff Dawson

Once there was a National Aborigines Day Observance Committee, which organised a Day of Mourning to protest against Australia Day. In 1955 the day was moved to July, as it became less of a protest and more of a celebration. By the 1990s Torres Strait Islanders had also been recognised and NAIDOC Week as we know it now was born.

And there is much to do around the region.


Tweed: Minjungbal Museum will host the induction of an outstanding member of the local Aboriginal community into the ‘Indigenous Hall of Fame’ and a morning tea organised by Bundjalung Home Care today between 9.30am and 12 noon.

Byron: Family fun day at the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre.


Tweed: Arkinstall Park will host a health expo and sports day featuring a touch competition from 8.30am until 4pm.

Byron: Arakwal Native Title documentary screening Walking With My Sisters (PG), followed by Back To Country, Byron Bay Community Centre, 6.30pm. Tickets at door $8/ $6 conc.


Lismore: Deadly Dancers at the City Centre Produce Markets from 5pm and Blue Light Disco at the Lismore PCYC from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

Byron: Arakwal Celebration Day from 10am to 2pm, including a march from Railway Park to Main Beach Park, Byron Bay (commencing at 10am).

Tweed: Elders’ Day will be held at the North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club from 12 noon until 4pm. Teenagers, 15 years and under, are invited to a fancy-dress disco on Thursday evening at the Tweed Heads PCYC.


Lismore: Community Sport and Fun Day at Kadina Park from 10.00am to 2.00pm

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Tweed: NAIDOC Street March starting at the Civic Centre in Brett Street, Tweed Heads at 10am followed by a corroboree at Goorimahbah in Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed Heads, at 11am. Dinner Dance at the Cudgen Leagues Club on Friday night from 6.30pm until midnight.


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