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Logan celebrates NAIDOC Week

Published: 27 July 2016

Logan celebrates NAIDOC Week

Thousands of locals again celebrated NAIDOC Week in the City of Logan with two key community celebrations hosted in Logan Central during July 2016.

Each year, NAIDOC Week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture and, in Logan, the week continues to grow in popularity and significance.

On 5 July 2016, more than 250 people filled the Logan Central Community Centre for a civic event featuring performances from the Mabel Mob primary school dance troupe and traditional Torres Strait Islander music from the Keriba Mabaigal dancers, as well as the annual flag raising ceremony.

On the following day, 6 July 2016, several thousand locals attended the annual Logan NAIDOC Community Celebration at Logan Gardens, which incorporated this year's “Songlines” NAIDOC theme and featured traditional dancing, free entertainment and activities for children.

As part of the NAIDOC celebrations, Mayor Luke Smith spoke about the positive influence Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities had on his childhood as part of an Aboriginal youth group in Berrinba.

“I learned so many values from the Aboriginal Elders and people in that community and the first of those values was acceptance,” he said.

“I remember being the young white boy running around and there was never a moment when I didn’t feel accepted by that community.

“The values I learned and the wisdom I gleaned helped shape and form who I am today.”

Aunty Peggy Tidyman spoke about Songlines, the theme for NAIDOC week in 2016.

“Songlines are like a road map. They are a way for us to cross country and find those important places we need to go to for ceremonies,” she said.

“It’s about being able to go back home to country and practice our culture.

“My grandson, who is 16, is the first in 70 years to be able to go back home to his country and be given a traditional name.

“These are things we haven’t been able to practice freely in the past. These are things that are very important to us, to our young people and make us who we are as First Nations People.”