VACCA Celebrates NAIDOC 2022 with events for clients and community
1 July 2022
For the first time in two years, VACCA is hosting events to celebrate NAIDOC week with clients and community across the Victorian regions.
Each year, NAIDOC week offers VACCA clients and community the opportunity to get together and celebrate Aboriginal history and culture. It's often the only event some children in care attend, and a highlight of the year.
VACCA CEO Muriel Bamblett says NAIDOC week will be a welcomed opportunity for community to connect to each other, and celebrate after what has been a difficult two years.
"I encourage mob to get involved in NAIDOC activities over the next week especially those in our regions. It's the first time in two years that we have been able to host events, where we can come together as a community and celebrate our culture with clients, families and friends.
"There's plenty of opportunities as allies to show your support too. Stand together with mob, and march in the streets, or join your local flag raising ceremony," she said.
VACCA's NAIDOC week events will commence with a street march in Wangaratta, a family fun day out in Morwell, a special film screening in Dandenong, and days out to Werribee Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary.
This year's theme; Get up! Stand Up! Show Up! is also an important call to action for all Australians to commit to and fight for change, by building the foundations for the future.
"I believe it's our responsibility to promote respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non‑Indigenous Australians that are based on justice and equity. Like calling out racism, committing to treaty and truth telling, or protecting our culture, traditions, lore and Country." she said.
"I want to encourage our community to get involved in our events across the Victorian Regions. These events provide our kids with the best opportunities to connect to culture."