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Wesley Mission celebrating NAIDOC Week in Coffs Harbour, Nambucca and Bowraville

9 July 2018 Media releases

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held around the country each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The week is celebrated not just in our Indigenous communities but also in increasing number of government agencies, community organisations, local councils, workplaces, schools and sporting groups.

This year's theme, 'Because of Her, We Can!' celebrates the essential role that women have played and continue to play as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels. 

Wesley Mission staff and clients will be participating in a range of events in the region including:

10 July, 10 am – 3 pm: NAIDOC Ladies Pamper Day Bowraville at Wesley Mission’s offices at Bowraville. (106 High St Bowraville)

Other participating groups include local Nambucca community services providers like Nambucca Youthie, Live Better, Connect Services.

“Apart from being pampered the idea is to connect with local Aboriginal elders and have a yarn,” said Meena Johnson, Wesley Mission’s Youth Accommodation Manager based at Coffs Harbour.

“NAIDOC Week 2018 is celebrating and acknowledging Indigenous women and the important part they have as role models in their communities. We are encouraging women to come along and enjoy a pampering for their ongoing contribution to their families and communities.”  

11 July, 10 am – 3.30 pm:Who Ya Gunna Call Forum,Exhibition Pavilion, Coffs Harbour Showground 

This is a free community event with special guest appearances, entertainment, jumping castle and merry-go-round, and a free barbecue. The event is organised by North Coast Area Health. This yearly event and all local services, hold stalls and information tables.

The aim of the forum is to encourage participation in a range of activities, and support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

“It’s also about celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and communities and recognise the valuable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make to our country,” Meena Johnson said.

The forum will also include representatives from local government and non-government service providers such as Headspace, Community Housing Ltd, Family Referral Service, FaCS, Housing NSW, Mid-Coast Communities, Warrina Women’s Refuge, New Horizons, and Interrelate.

12 July, 12 pm – 3 pm, NAIDOC Youth Event Sports Day, Allan Gillett Oval, Macksville Park, Macksville

The Sports Day will allow local government and non-government Nambucca community services providers like Nambucca Youthie, Live Better, Connect Services to come together in one place so members of local Aboriginal communities, especially young people, know what support services are available and how they can be accessed.

The day will also include sports and activities for everyone like AFL and traditional games, fun children's activities, including jumping castle and face painting

“Lack of resources for school holiday activities in the area is a glaring gap which we are aiming to address by holding this Sports day in Macksville,” Meena Johnson said.