West Coast ready to celebrate Aboriginal culture during NAIDOC Week

Aboriginal culture will be celebrated with a full schedule of events taking place across the West Coast for NAIDOC Week 2019.

NAIDOC Week celebrations will occur between Saturday, July 6 and Saturday, July 13 at Ceduna and Koonibba, with events also taking place at Streaky Bay.

Ceduna's NAIDOC Week committee chairperson Leeroy Bilney said it was a time for the whole community to celebrate.

"Preparations are coming along well and there are lots of events throughout the week," he said.

"While it is a focus on Indigenous people, NAIDOC Week is not just for Aboriginal people and we want all to embrace the celebration.

"It is also a chance for people to learn more about Aboriginal culture and what happens in our local community."

He said the 2019 theme of 'Voice, Treaty, Truth' would be incorporated into events.

The week starts with the adult ball next Saturday at the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel, followed on Sunday by a church service at Koonibba and gospel singalong at the Far West Aboriginal Sporting Complex (FWASC).

The march on Monday will lead into the family fun day at FWASC, before movie night at the Memorial Hall.

Morning tea awards at the Foreshore Hotel opens Tuesday, followed by the quiz night at the complex.

The complex will host the Elders brunch on Wednesday, while there will be a youth celebration at the Ceduna Youth Hub from noon.

A 'Lino and language workshop' will take place at Arts Ceduna on Thursday, followed by a silent disco and then fancy dress disco, both at the Memorial Hall.

The Ceduna Golf Club will host golf day on Friday, while at the same time youngsters can enjoy the 'Stylin' up youth' that will take place in preparation for the youth ball at FWASC that night.

Festivities conclude with the language event and Electric Fields concert at the Memorial Hall on Saturday.

The youth ball costs $20 and the adult ball is $60.

Streaky Bay will also be hosting NAIDOC Week events, starting at Streaky Bay Area School on Friday, July 5 from 9.15am.

Students will unveil reconciliation artwork, there will be storytime with community members, learning to read in Wirangu, a campfire and other activities.

The Streaky Bay RSL Hall will then celebrate a day of culture and history on Tuesday, July 9 from 9.15am.

Weaving with Wirangu artist Susie Betts and Elder Veda Betts, plus painting and sand art will headline a packed day of activities.

Mr Bilney said it was an important week for the Aboriginal community.

"It means a lot to our mob," he said.

"It is the main event where we get to come together and celebrate our people, ancestors and the next generation.

"The whole region will be involved, with people from Yalata, Oak Valley and other areas coming down."

Mr Bilney said community support was vital to running NAIDOC Week in Ceduna.

"We have a diverse committee instrumental in driving the week, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, and local services that have come to the table to support," he said.

"Community commitment to the week has been really good and all we need now is for people to actively come along and enjoy - if you can't make one event, there are plenty of others happening."