Late NAIDOC week celebration

NAIDOC week was earlier this month, but it did not stop students at Southern Cross University from celebrating Australia's indigenous culture yesterday.

As students are on holidays during official NAIDOC celebrations between July 5 and 12, a special day was organised for their return.

NAIDOC stands for the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee.

Local elder Aunty Joyce Summers read Welcome to Country at the Riverside campus in Tweed Heads yesterday while the highlight act was a performance by Indigenous comic Sean Choolburra with his 'Live and Deadly' show followed by a BBQ for staff, students and the public.

SCU student liaison officer Joanne Olive said NAIDOC celebrations at the university are always delayed.

“We deliberately wait until students are back on campus before we do anything,” Ms Olive said.

“We also try to get the community involved as much as possible.”

Ms Olive said comedian Sean was a great touch to this year's event.

“Sean was a dynamic and versatile comedian, rap singer, dancer, storyteller and actor. He had everyone laughing,” she said.

Mr Choolburra's performance was filmed as a pilot for a new stand up comedy DVD.

The theme for NAIDOC week 2009 was 'Honouring our Elders, nurturing our youth.'

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