Representatives from nine of the 26 local Aboriginal service providers which are working together to organise NAIDOC Week events in the Valley this year.
Representatives from nine of the 26 local Aboriginal service providers which are working together to organise NAIDOC Week events in the Valley this year. Debrah Novak

NAIDOC breaking down the barriers

FOR Vernon Heron, the Aboriginal Community Day to be held in Grafton during this year's NAIDOC Week (July 1-8) is about more than education, it is about breaking down barriers and sharing a unique culture with the wider community.

On Thursday July 5, Grafton Showground will host a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with an Aboriginal art exhibition, markets, dance workshops, traditional games, food and more.

The Aboriginal Community Day, a joint project of 26 local Aboriginal service providers, will also have an educational side with stalls from community service and government agencies on site and free health assessments.

Mr Vernon is chair of the committee organising NAIDOC events in the Valley and said the week this year was particularly significant, marking 40 years since the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra.

He said the Aboriginal Community Day would be one of the week's main events and was designed to bring the whole community together.

The invitation was out to come along and experience Indigenous culture.

"We're hoping it'll be a thing which will help break down some barriers. We're trying to bring us all together as one rather than being segregated," he said.

For details, visit the Clarence Valley NAIDOC Week Facebook page.



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