Albany marks NAIDOC Week with community events celebrating Menang Noongar culture

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NAIDOC Week runs from July 3 to 10, with this year’s theme urging the community to make meaningful change.
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Albany locals will have plenty of opportunities to ‘Get up, Stand Up, Show up’ this NAIDOC Week with the City of Albany holding events for all ages to acknowledge and celebrate Menang Noongar culture.

NAIDOC Week runs from July 3 to 10, with this year’s theme urging the community to take action to achieve justice, equity and recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

It is also an opportunity to pay respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have fought and continue to fight for systemic change.

Albany Public Library will display a month-long photography exhibition from Noongar elder Glenda Williams featuring photographs of Noongar people from the Gnowangerup region from the early 1900s to 1960.

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A film screening of the 1995 film Jedda will be held at the library on July 7 at 12.30pm and a NAIDOC-themed story playground for children will run from July 5-7 with weaving, painting and a Dreamtime Storytime.

Albany’s Maritime Festival will also feature events to celebrate NAIDOC Week with two Menang Maritime History Exploration Evenings bringing together Noongar elders and authors to explore the region’s rich history.

Menang Gnudju elder Carol Pettersen and author Sarah Drummond will delve into past maritime encounters between Menang Noongar and Wadjela peoples at a talk at 6pm on Monday at Six Degrees.

On Wednesday, Harley Coyne and author Adam Wolfe will explore the Menang Noongar people’s relationship with the ocean and the region’s waterways at Dylans on the Terrace at 6pm.

Southern Aboriginal Corporation, headspace Albany and the City of Albany will host the 2022 NAIDOC basketball competition round robin 3-on-3 carnival for teams aged 11-16 from across the Great Southern at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre on Monday and Tuesday.

SAC will also host a men’s soup night from 6pm-8pm on Monday, and an Arts and Crafts Day from 10am to 2pm on Thursday. Both events will be held at SAC’s facility at 22 Locke Street in Orana.

The following week, the Museum of the Great Southern will host a range of cultural sharing activities presented by Kurrah Mia on Tuesday, July 12.

Visitors can help build a traditional Menang Koornt or shelter in the garden and children can try their hand at traditional weaving from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

The day will conclude with a talk from Menang elder Vernice Gillies on traditional bush foods and medicine plants, 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

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