NAIDOC Week celebrations were kicked off with the Narrabri Land Council Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday.
Over 40 people attended the ceremony and morning tea which followed.
Year three student Krista Zarka delivered the Welcome to Country in the Gamilaraay language and Narrabri Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO, Lynn Trindall, gave the opening speech.
The honour of the flag-raising was handed to Mick Trindall and Lola Roberts.
NAIDOC Week is “a big week to celebrate heritage and culture and brings community together,” said Lynn Trindall.
This year’s theme is ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn Respect and Celebrate.’ It highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea.
“The theme is especially important this year because 2015 marks 30 years since Uluru was handed back to its traditional owners,” explains Ms Trindall.
The National NAIDOC Committee has encouraged elders and others to talk about local sacred sites and culture.
Sacred sites can include geographic features like rivers and mountain ranges, or ceremonial grounds and galleries of rock art or engravings.
“Not everyone is fully up to date with culture, but everyone here has a little bit to share,” said Ms Trindall in her speech.
NAIDOC celebrations will continue around Narrabri throughout the week, with events ranging from barbecues to free movies.
The Narrabri Local Aboriginal Land Council would like to especially thank Sharon Philpott for her phenomenal input and support in organising this year’s celebrations.