COO-EE! Calling all communities in NAIDOC Week

Published on 04 July 2024

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Yidaki Support Services and Wellways Australia, with support from Moyne Shire Council, are coming together to provide a community event to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

COO-EE will be held from 10am-2pm on Saturday July 13 at the Goods Shed in Railway Place, Port Fairy.

Mayor, Cr Ian Smith said NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories.

“We’re pleased to work together with local Indigenous and disability organisations to recognise and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples,” said Cr Smith.

“There will be a great range of activities planned for COO-EE, including a welcome and smoking ceremony, live music from Uncle Kutcha Edwards and Uncle David Arden, dancing and digeridoo playing, and learning about artifacts and history with Uncle Rob Lowe,” he said.

“There will be Blak markets featuring art and crafts from local Indigenous creatives, authentic bush tucker as well as children’s and community activities.”

This year's NAIDOC theme celebrates the enduring spirit of Indigenous communities, urging solidarity and amplifying voices long unheard to “Keep the fire burning”. The fire symbolizes the resilience of Indigenous cultures, passed down through generations despite adversity. It embodies the connection to the land, to one another, and to the diverse traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

"Blak, Loud and Proud" embodies an unapologetic celebration of Indigenous identity, empowering First Nations peoples to assert their place in the modern world. This theme invites all Australians to listen, learn, and engage in meaningful dialogue, fostering a society that values and respects Indigenous wisdom and contributions.

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