Former Fremantle Dockers player Scott Chisholm to host NAIDOC Week events in Fremantle

Scott Chisholm at Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Scott Chisholm at Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Photo: Martin Kennealey

FOR Scott Chisholm NAIDOC week is all about coming together as one and teaching the community about Indigenous history.

The former Fremantle Dockers player will be hosting walking tours and art classes at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Fremantle.

Chisholm said NAIDOC Week was important to showcase Aboriginal culture as part of the community.

“Locals can participate in seeing what we give and what they give as part of the different worlds we live in,” he said.

“We have a good and long history – almost 80,000 years of history – that is being uncovered and being rebuilt very slowly.

“It’s about presenting to people and showcasing not just our history but the lost history that we need to reveal.”

Chisholm said he used football as a weapon to talk about his culture and said the players of today have the same responsibility.

“The most important thing was to give our people a voice and letting people understand that they may not see us but we are still here,” he said.

“We have to work hard on closing that gap and bring our boys and girls out of isolation.

“We have a cultural centre up here now and we need the support of the local people.”

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre will be putting on a range of activities during NAIDOC week including walking tours, a storytime session, an art day, barbecue tucker and boomerang throwing.

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT: NAIDOC Week 2018

WHEN: Saturday July 8 to Sunday July 15.

WHERE: Several locations around Fremantle including Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre