Enjoying NAIDOC Week together

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula was on hand to help the celebrations as the Ceduna and Streaky Bay communities enjoyed NAIDOC Week events last week.

The communities enjoyed family fun days and activities such as weaving, painting, storytelling, learning language, and sharing food and campfires in celebration of Aboriginal culture.

After the 'Welcome to Country' at Streaky Bay, a storytime session was hosted by Wirangu Elder Veda Betts and Wirangu artist Susie Betts, who passed on traditional stories, song and musical movement which culminated in a rendition of the 'Warna Manda Baby' song with many children joining in.

The Ceduna family day also saw many community members and organisations coming together to host and support the event.

Natural Resources officer Tayla Westley was delighted with the response to the Ngarliri Dhunadha Dyigibi event, which in Wirangu means 'we all together Streaky Bay'.

"It was great to see both communities getting involved in recognising and celebrating Aboriginal people and culture as part of NAIDOC week," she said.

"These events were also a great opportunity for starting conversations with people about other natural resource management collaborative projects that they might have in mind.

"Both events were an excellent example of what we can all do when we work together."

She said there were many people and organisations to thank, including the Ceduna NAIDOC Week committee, organisations involved in hosting the family day event, the Far West Aboriginal Women's Council (FWAWC), Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara, Veda Betts, Susie Betts, Helen Cox who came from Port Lincoln to help teach weaving, the Streaky Bay Community Library, Streaky Bay District Council and Arts Ceduna.

FWAWC chairperson Cecelia Cox said the council was happy to support Natural Resources Management (NRM) Eyre Peninsula and Alinytjara Wilurara in hosting an activity at the Ceduna family day.

"It was great to hear the discussions initiated while taking part in the weaving circle," she said.

"It was also a great opportunity to show community the other collaborative projects that FWAWC and NRM have been working on."