Naidoc Week flagged as important by City of Joondalup

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Karla Hart and Maitland Schnaars from Yirra Yaarkin Theatre Company. Picture: Martin Kennealey d471182
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Shaun Nannup (guest speaker -welcome to country) with Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard. Picture: Martin Kennealey d471182
Senior Sergeant Steve Dawson (Joondalup) and Superintendant Paul Dallimore (North West Metropolitan District). Picture: Martin Kennealey d471182
Nicky Davies and Joondalup councillor Philippa Taylor. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d471182
Artist Charmaine Cole. Picture: Martin Kennealey d471182
Lisa Hadaway. Picture: Martin Kennealey d471182
Shaun Nannup performs the Welcome to Country. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Shaun Nannup and Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard take part in the flag raising ceremony. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Superintendent Paul Dallimore and Shaun Nannup take part in the flag raising ceremony. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Shaun Nannup and Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard take part in the flag raising ceremony. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Guests at Charmaine Cole's exhibition Whadjuk's Kallip. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Artist Charmaine Cole. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Cr John Chester and Brian Saunders. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Wes Buzza and Cr Nige Jones. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Marissa Verma and Karla Hart. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Patrick Woodley and Dennis Simmons. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Katie Gordon and guest. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Senior Sergeant Steve Dawson, Cr Kerry Hollywood and Adrian Hill. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Picture: Martin Kennealey d471182 Karla Hart and Maitland Schnaars from Yirra Yaarkin Theatre Company. Picture: Martin Kennealey d471182 Picture: Martin Kennealey d471182 Picture: Martin Kennealey d471182 Shaun Nannup (guest speaker -welcome to country) with Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard. Picture: Martin Kennealey d471182 Senior Sergeant Steve Dawson (Joondalup) and Superintendant Paul Dallimore (North West Metropolitan District). Picture: Martin Kennealey d471182 Nicky Davies and Joondalup councillor Philippa Taylor. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d471182 Artist Charmaine Cole. Picture: Martin Kennealey d471182 Lisa Hadaway. Picture: Martin Kennealey d471182 Shaun Nannup performs the Welcome to Country. Picture: Chris Kershaw Shaun Nannup and Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard take part in the flag raising ceremony. Picture: Chris Kershaw Superintendent Paul Dallimore and Shaun Nannup take part in the flag raising ceremony. Picture: Chris Kershaw Shaun Nannup and Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard take part in the flag raising ceremony. Picture: Chris Kershaw Guests at Charmaine Cole's exhibition Whadjuk's Kallip. Picture: Chris Kershaw Artist Charmaine Cole. Picture: Chris Kershaw Cr John Chester and Brian Saunders. Picture: Chris Kershaw Wes Buzza and Cr Nige Jones. Picture: Chris Kershaw Marissa Verma and Karla Hart. Picture: Chris Kershaw Patrick Woodley and Dennis Simmons. Picture: Chris Kershaw Katie Gordon and guest. Picture: Chris Kershaw Senior Sergeant Steve Dawson, Cr Kerry Hollywood and Adrian Hill. Picture: Chris Kershaw

GUESTS braved the rain on Monday to take part in the City of Joondalup’s flag raising ceremony to launch its month of Naidoc celebrations.

Naidoc Week, which runs until July 9, is this year themed Our Languages Matter.

“The theme emphasises and celebrates the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity,” Mayor Troy Pickard said.

“Language is not just about how we communicate, it also links people to their home, their land, their place, their identity.

“Sadly today, only less than half of the approximately 250 distinct Indigenous language groups that existed across Australia at the time of European settlement are still spoken today.”

The ceremony started with a Welcome to Country from Shaun Nannup, before he, Mayor Troy Pickard, Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard and Superintendent Paul Dallimore raised the Australian, WA, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.

Then Maitland Schnaars and Karla Hart, from Yirra Yaarkin Theatre Company, performed two Shakespearean sonnets in Nyungar language.

Guests were then invited to view artist Charmaine Cole’s exhibition Whadjuk’s Kallip at the Joondalup Art Gallery.

Other activities this month include the Lake Joondalup virtual reality project, created by North Metropolitan Tafe students and local cultural leader Dennis Simmons to show the lake as it was 10,000 years ago.

Yirra Yaakin will perform children’s theatre show Boodjar Kaatijin at Prendiville Catholic College on July 14, teaching traditional stories about how the land was created.

On July 16, Aboriginal jazz diva Lois Olney will present Red Earth, Blue Sky as part of Sunday Serenades and on July 23, film The Sapphires will screen at Prendiville Catholic College.

Visit www.joondalup.wa.gov.au.

City of Joondalup Naidoc celebrations

– Until July 28 – Lake Joondalup virtual reality project
– Until July 28 – Charmaine Cole’s exhibition Whadjuk’s Kallip
– July 14 – Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company presents Boodjar Kaatijin
– July 16 – Red Earth, Blue Sky by Lois Olney
– July 23 – The Sapphires film screening

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