As part of the Naidoc Week;
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land of Wallumedegal and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
What is NAIDOC?
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July.
What is Wallumedegal?
Aboriginal people lived for thousands of years in what we call the City of Ryde. When the first Europeans settled at Sydney Cove in 1788 the traditional owners of this area were the Wallumedegal. It is Derived from wallumai the snapper fish, combined with matta, a word used to describe a place, usually a water place.
Our headquarters is located in Macquarie Park, which is an area traditionally inhabited by the Wallumedegal (or Wallumettegal) Aboriginal Tribe.
This Years’ Theme Our Languages Matter
This year the NAIDOC theme is all about Indigenous language. With only around 120 languages still being spoken today this is an important topic. In the late eighteenth century there was around 250 distinct languages, actually more if you include all the different dialects.
The official NAIDOC website states:
The 2017 theme – Our Languages Matter – aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
What’s On For NAIDOC Week?
If you are in Sydney, the City of City Website has everything you need to know about what is on, have a look here.
Otherwise visit the NAIDOC website here to see all the events around Australia, take a look here.