More than 1500 children and families across five Victorian locations are expected to attend the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA’s) NAIDOC week events between July 2 – 9.
Featuring family friendly cultural activities such as Aboriginal dance, music, storytelling and market stalls the NAIDOC week events provide an opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate Aboriginal culture.
VACCA CEO, Professor Muriel Bamblett explains the importance of these events to Aboriginal children and community and how the relationship and connections that are made can have significant impact on the wellbeing of Aboriginal children.
“NAIDOC week is highly significant for our children and their families, it’s a time for community members to come together and celebrate our culture,” said Professor Bamblett.
“The events contribute to strengthening children’s self-esteem and cultural identity, showcasing the positive contribution that children make in the community and allowing young people to form meaningful connections with the broader community, including Elders.
VACCA is the state’s leading Aboriginal child and welfare agency supporting more than 3500 children and families annually. Organisers are expecting record levels of attendance at this year’s events which is supported by both the community and government sectors.
“It’s excellent to have such strong support from the Aboriginal community and the community at large,” said Professor Bamblett.
“Hosting these events is part of our commitment to ensuring that our children have a right to their identity—to knowing their culture, their community, and their history.”
Monday 3 July, 10am – 3pm, Castle Park at the Town Common, Morwell.
Tuesday 4 July, 11am – 3pm. Gloria Pyke Netball Stadium, Greaves Reserve, Bennet St Dandenong.
Tuesday 4 July, 1pm – 4pm. Kelly Park, cnr of Cherry St and Synnot St, Werribee.
Wednesday 5 July, 11am – 3pm. Norwood Secondary College, Byron St, Ringwood.
Saturday 8th July 11am – 2pm, Aborigines Advancement League, 2 Watt St, Thornbury (upstairs)