NAIDOC Committee breaking barriers with culture education
ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islanders spent Naidoc Week feeding the hunger that people have been showing for their culture.
Fraser Coast Naidoc Committee chair Leon Mehow said the week was a great time to celebrate their culture.
"It is also a great day for us to showcase and put forward good news stories," he said. This is where we get to showcase the hard working people that are in our community especially on the Fraser Coast. We have a responsibility to educate the wider community about this is what we are about and break some of those barriers down.
"We are actually finding that there is more and more of an underlying hunger of people wanting to know more about our culture, which is really nice."
Leon said one of the misconceptions they have run into is that people think Naidoc Week was for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people only.
During the Maryborough flag raising a photo is taken in front of the City Hall.
Leon said he was hoping everybody joined in the picture and wanted it to become an annual tradition.
"We are trying to let people know it is for everyone," he said.
"We open our arms to include everyone in all aspects of our culture and actions within the community. "I think the photo should be a good example of all parts of our community coming together in front of a grand building such as the Town Hall with our banners flying high.
"I hope it will catch on and we will continue to grow it."
The chair also mentioned the fantastic committee.
"I want to promote that all these hard working people who attend the meetings bring forth ideas and seek out sponsorships for our events.
"It has been great that both communities are working together to highlight and promote the big picture which is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
"We have a lot of Fraser Coast events throughout the region and we want to add into that.
This year was bigger again - we have seen a lot of engagement and a lot more attendance - it's brilliant."