2023 NAIDOC Week celebrations take off in Lismore

3 Jul, 2023

Proud to celebrate and support indigenous culture

This week is Australian NAIDOC Week, recognising and celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about our First Nations cultures, histories and to celebrate the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

The week’s highlights include the annual NAIDOC awards, a fantastic poster competition and a week full of celebrations across the country. So there was no way we would miss out on Lismore’s own NAIDOC celebrations, which happened last Thursday at Lismore Turf Club.

With a huge crowd in attendance running into the thousands, a group of our staff spent the day running activities, entertaining kids (and their teachers!) and celebrating our First Nations locals.

We engaged in some great reproductive and sexual health promotion with some young folk, talked about our new free financial counselling services and connected local First Nations Australians to the support services they need.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is for our elders, so we engaged children in discussions about what their elders mean to them. They wrote messages of love for their elders, to decorate a spectacular tree of life painting with hearts.

We had a lot of fun and were proud to be involved with such an amazing day. Here are some photos from the day:

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Crowds of people filled out Lismore Turf Club to celebrate local First Nations culture and people.


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Live music and dance were a big part of the day’s entertainment and activities.


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Traditional indigenous cultural practices were proudly on display.


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Our fantastic crew for the day.


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Children decorated hearts with messages of love for their elders.


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The decorated hearts were attached to our tree of life painting.


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One of our team shows off our new selfie frame – look out for it on social media!


Read more about NAIDOC Week here. Read more about the services we provide to support First Nations Australians on our website here.

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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work and meet, and offer our respect to their elders, past, present and future.

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