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Nyngan LALC promotes strength and unity
Nyngan’s 2020 NAIDOC Week celebrations, hosted by the Nyngan Local Aboriginal Land Council, were a series of small community events that promoted the strength and unity of the local Nyngan Aboriginal community.
Throughout the week, numerous culturally-orientated events helped build connections and improve understanding between non-Indigenous and Indigenous community members, with local Elders, community members and other important knowledge holders helping to showcase a variety of Aboriginal dances, songs and ceremonies in a COVID-safe environment.
Aunty Lesly, Uncle Alex and Cl Toomey cut the cake at the 2020 NAIDOC Opening Ceremony
Funding of $2,500 from Aboriginal Affairs NSW was used across the week to support catering costs, venue hire fees, purchase sports equipment and pay local artists and cultural knowledge holders to be involved.
Like many NAIDOC Week events that Nyngan’s Aboriginal community has hosted in the past, the 2020 celebrations continued to support the growth of its local Aboriginal youth by using culture and connection as a pillar for success. This year, funding helped young Aboriginal people learn more about their culture through traditional songs and dances.
“Our variety of COVID-safe community events such as morning teas, river walks, gunya building, swimming races, painting and dancing certainly made it a celebration that everyone could be a part of,” said Mrs Veneta Dutton, CEO of the Nyngan Local Aboriginal Land Council.
“Without the funding from Aboriginal Affairs NSW we would not have been able to make the week a success,” she said.
The NSW NAIDOC Grants is an initiative administered by Aboriginal Affairs NSW that aims to celebrate Aboriginal history, culture and achievements during NAIDOC Week. Through grants ranging from $500 to $3,000, eligible organisations are supported to promote greater awareness and understanding of Aboriginal history and culture within their broader local or regional community.
Dancers and guests celebrating culture at the Opening Ceremony for
Nyngan’s 2020 NAIDOC Week celebrations