City of Melville to celebrate NAIDOC Week

29 June 2018

The City of Melville will be celebrating NAIDOC week from 8 July to 15 July 2018 with a full calendar of events across the City.

Residents can view a special art exhibition at the City of Melville Civic Centre, participate in interactive book talks at Wireless Hill and Bull Creek Library or take on the Yagan’s Gennuny walk at Wireless Hill Park.

The art exhibition will be on display on the second floor of the City of Melville Civic Centre from Monday, 9 July to Sunday, 15 July 2018, and will feature artworks by Aboriginal women from the City of Melville’s art collection, alongside Our Place, Our Time, an exhibition of paintings and sculpture from remote desert communities by Artitja Fine Art. A small number of works will be for sale.

Indigenous author, Sabina Dudgeon-Swift, will present two author talks on Tuesday, 7 July 2018 at Bull Creek Library and Wireless Hill Museum. During each session, she will explore her story, Lilli and Shadow in Trouble, a story of friendship, family and sticking together, through a blend of author talk, group brain storming and role playing and is presented in partnership with the University of Western Australia’s School of Indigenous Studies.

Residents can pick up a heritage trail map from Wireless Hill Museum and walk the Yagan’s Genunny heritage trail at Wireless Hill Park. The trail highlights the local Noongar people’s connection to Wireless Hill through signage that share stories about the hill’s different uses, areas of significance and how it connected to the Noongar people from Kura (the past), yeye (the present) and boorda (the future).

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the City strongly supported events like NAIDOC Week, as it gives the City the opportunity to celebrate the rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“We have been embarking on a journey of reconciliation for many years through our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and facilitating and providing recognition and celebration opportunities for the community and City staff is a key tenet of our plan,” Mayor Aubrey said.

“I strongly encourage the community to get involved in NAIDOC Week and take part in the events and activities the City has organised, there is something for everyone.”

The City of Melville is also hosting an invite-only high tea for local Aboriginal women and their families on Saturday, 7 July 2018 and staff have been invited to hear personal stories from their Aboriginal colleagues at a talk on Tuesday, 10 July 2018.

For more information visit www.melvillecity.com.au/events or call 1300 635 845| 9364 0666.

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