West Coast communities come together to celebrate NAIDOC Week

West Coast communities have come together to celebrate the start of NAIDOC Week.

Ceduna opened this year's NAIDOC Week with the adult ball last Saturday night, while Koonibba hosted the Sunday morning church service.

The NAIDOC march kicked-off a packed Monday, with hundreds of participants uniting under the theme of 'Voice, Treaty, Truth' along Poynton Street, before the family fun day at the Far West Aboriginal Sporting Complex and movie night at the Ceduna Memorial Hall.

As the children had fun with the jumping castles, games and art activities throughout the afternoon at the complex, others enjoyed a meal in the sunshine.

A packed hall then had a good time watching the big screen.

NAIDOC Week committee chairperson Leeroy Bilney said it had been an overwhelmingly positive start to the week.

"The ball was a sellout, the church service had a good turnout too and the amount of people who came out and supported the march was fantastic," he said.

"We had perfect weather for the family day, young and old were out and there was plenty of food and excitement.

"People's energy and attitude to supporting NAIDOC Week has been great, there has been a good vibe and a celebratory mood in the air."

Streaky Bay Area School celebrated NAIDOC Week last Friday with the unveiling of a permanent acknowledgement to country, created by Wirangu artist Susie Betts.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar, mayor Travis Barber and fellow councillors, as well as community members attended the event, which also included a number of activities for children to undertake.

"The staff at the school have been dedicated to valuing the culture and identity of the local Wirangu people, hence their commitment to this initiative," acting Streaky Bay Area School principal Leonie Shelley said.

"It aligns really well with the new Aboriginal Education Strategy which was released by the Department for Education earlier this year."

A community event hosted at the Streaky Bay RSL Hall took place on Tuesday.

Mr Bilney said there had been "great community feedback" from the opening events, including from the church service hosted at Koonibba and of the guest speakers at the adult ball.

He said April Lawrie-Smith and Tina Miller gave an inspiring talk.

"A lot of people said it was deadly to listen to them, with two different perspectives of the same message, which is what we were aiming to do in line with the theme, to inspire people."

Mr Bilney said it was pleasing to see the Ceduna community come together to celebrate the week.

"I was pleased to see a lot of people at the family fun day, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal," he said.

"To see non-Aboriginal kids come along, have a great time and compliment the event was great, as they are the next generation.

"Coming together as one gives me hope for a better shared future."

He said there were plenty of events for people to enjoy throughout the rest of the week, with NAIDOC Week ending on Saturday night.