Naidoc Week celebrates Noongar culture in Wanneroo

Jade Dolman will be taking the ‘Explore Noongar art' workshop.
Jade Dolman will be taking the ‘Explore Noongar art' workshop.

NAIDOC Week celebrations in the City of Wanneroo will include Noongar language, art and dance workshops as well as Aboriginal stories sessions.

Next week, the City will hold a flag raising ceremony for all community members and a series of fun, cultural events for children.

The official flag raising ceremony will be at the Wanneroo Civic Centre from 9am on Friday, July 12 and will be followed by a Wandjoo (Welcome) workshop hosted by Sharon Gregory covering the importance of keeping Noongar language and culture alive.

The award-winning Madjitil Moorna choir will perform two songs during the ceremony.

“A Welcome to Country will be performed and the Aboriginal and Australian flags will be raised side-by-side on the civic centre flag poles – a symbol that we all stand together as Australians,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

Free sessions of It’s All About Stories centred on Aboriginal stories are being held for preschool age children and their parents in the Clarkson, Wanneroo and Girrawheen Libraries until July 5.

There will be a free ‘Explore Noongar art’ workshop for young people aged 10 and older at Yanchep Library on Thursday, July 18.

Free, interactive ‘Explore Noongar song and dance’ workshops for children aged five to 12 will be held in the Clarkson, Wanneroo and Girrawheen libraries between July 11 and 18.

A $10 ‘Flora and fauna fun day will involve a tree planting session in Middleton Park followed by lunch at Hainsworth Youth Centre in Girrrawheen on Wednesday, July 10 for nine to 16-years-olds, with transport provided from four pick up points.

Book for all events except the flag raising ceremony via wanneroo.wa.gov.au/events.

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