NAIDOC Week Celebrated with Strong Community Spirit!

Published on 08 July 2024

NAIDOC WEEK Smoking Ceremony

We were delighted to see a fantastic turnout for this week's NAIDOC Week celebrations held at the Moss Vale Civic Centre on Monday 8 July 2024. The event brought together the community in celebrating the rich culture and significant contributions of First Nations peoples.    

The day commenced with a traditional smoking ceremony, followed by a heartfelt Acknowledgement of Country delivered by Gundungurra Elder, Joyce Saunders. The raising of the Aboriginal Flag marked a moment of unity and respect. 

Attendees then enjoyed the official opening of the "Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud" atrium exhibition, showcasing the works of talented local First Nations artists. The vibrant display provides a powerful platform for artistic expression and cultural understanding. 

The afternoon concluded with a fun-filled family event featuring a delicious BBQ lunch and engaging cultural activities. This lively atmosphere fostered connection and a sense of shared appreciation. 

"We were overwhelmed by the positive community response," said Aboriginal Community Development Officer, Nichole Harper. "NAIDOC Week serves as a crucial time to acknowledge the ongoing strength and resilience of First Nations cultures. These events provide valuable platforms for learning, appreciation, and fostering stronger community connections." 

We encourage everyone to continue exploring the rich tapestry of First Nations cultures throughout the year. 

For more information on NAIDOC Week and future local events, please visit our website: