NAIDOC Week is in full swing and Grafton's Market Square yesterday was awash with the colours of the Aboriginal flag as Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from all over the Clarence Valley commemorated the annual festival.
With rides, arts and crafts and entertainment on display throughout the day, Market Square was a hive of activity for hundreds of children. The smiling, happy faces of those children were prominent in the day's main activity, a street parade along Prince Street to the Clarence Valley Council's chambers. Mayor Ian Tiley, along with Aunty Nita Taylor, led a flag raising ceremony, which ended with the Aboriginal flag flying proudly above council's offices.
Mr Tiley said NAIDOC was an opportunity for all Australians to move forward together in the spirit of reconciliation.