Celebrating diversity

Children trying out an emu dance.
Children trying out an emu dance.

There was a range of activities for the whole family, including a welcome to country, Aboriginal dances, didgeridoo workshops, youth performances, pony rides, a bouncy castle, food and more.

The Naidoc banner, designed by local artist Lenny Thorne, was displayed for guests to admire.

Naidoc committee member from the Wadjuk-Wardandi mob Courtney Hill said the event was inclusive of everyone within the community and was a day of recognition and reconciliation.

She said it was a chance for the Aboriginal mob to showcase their talents as well as inviting the wider community into their culture.

Ms Hill created the event credo ‘today, see and understand our place, our solid land’, which builds on the notion of community inclusion and cultural understanding.

‘I love the event, it’s a big celebration,’ Ms Hill said.

‘Mirrabooka is so diverse and it helps with integration.’

The community-based event was sponsored by local organisations including Balga Senior High School, Edmund Rice Centre, The Smith Family and the City of Stirling.