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A beautiful place to celebrate NAIDOC Week

Publish Date: 04/07/2017

With NAIDOC week underway, Moira Shire is encouraging residents and visitors to get involved in the activities taking place across the Shire.

Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said that in Yorta Yorta language Moira translates to ‘beautiful place’.

“From Bundalong to Barmah our Shire has a rich and diverse indigenous history and culture – and this week there are plenty of ways to celebrate this,” said Mayor Cleveland.

Events include Dharnya Day at the Dharnya Centre in the Barmah National Park on Wednesday 5 July.

“This will be a great community day, open to all with traditional Aboriginal foods, music, dancers and more,” Mayor Cleveland said.

“During the past few weeks, schools across the Shire have also been involved in the NAIDOC Week initiatives that promote respect and harmony within schools and communities,” Mayor Cleveland said.

Cr Cleveland said the national theme of NAIDOC week is ‘Our Languages Matter’.

“Story telling in one’s local language is valued by all cultures,” said Mr Cleveland.

Cr Cleveland said Council was excited to provide support to a project that had recorded the Yorta Yorta creation story in Yorta Yorta language.

“The book and CD will be given free to all local schools for all to share and enjoy,” said Mayor Cleveland.

NAIDOC is the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee and aims to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

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