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Logan celebrates NAIDOC Week

Published: 5 July 2016

Logan celebrates NAIDOC Week

People from across the City of Logan have gathered in Logan Central to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

There wasn’t a spare seat as about 250 people packed into Logan Central Community Centre to acknowledge NAIDOC Week, Australia’s annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.

The audience was entertained by performances from the Mabel Mob primary school dance troupe and some traditional Torres Strait Islander music from the Keriba Mabaigal dancers.

Mayor Luke Smith spoke about the positive influence Indigenous 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.”

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