Aboriginal Catholic Ministry get into spirit of Naidoc Week

Pictures: Giovanni Torre
Pictures: Giovanni Torre

NORTH PERTH was touched by the spirit of Naidoc Week on Tuesday with an opening ceremony at the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry.

The Baker Street headquarters hosted a Welcome to Country, Elder story telling, art and craft activities, Time for Reflection, lunch, and Yarning.

Participants also worked on an Aboriginal Catholic Ministry history project, bringing together old photos, newsletters and articles covering the long history of the organisation.

Kids participated in a tradition of a different culture, donning Sumo suits for a spot of wrestling on Birdwood Square Reserve.

Naidoc began life as NADOC in the 1950s. The second Sunday of July became a day of remembrance for Aboriginal people and their heritage.

In 1975, the NADOC committee decided the event should run for a week; from the first to second Sunday in July.

The name Naidoc – National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee – was adopted in 1991 to better reflect the distinct cultural histories of Australia’s Indigenous peoples.