Museum flags big week
NAIDOC Week was launched yesterday with a flag-raising ceremony at the Minjungbal Cultural Museum.
The nationwide theme: Unsung Heroes – Closing the Gap by Leading Their Way, was explained by uncle Victor Slockee and Alinta Currie as being a chance to acknowledge indigenous role models outside the spotlight.
“Many unsung Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made huge contributions to Australian society. ‘Unsung heroes' recognises the part played by the quiet achievers in the indigenous community, both now and in the past,” Ms Currie said.
“These heroes lead by taking their own paths, and in doing so, helping other Indigenous people set their own direction for the future.
“The theme asserts indigenous ownership of ‘closing the gap'. The gaps that need to be closed include gaps between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians and gaps in knowledge and understanding.”
Fingal's Slabb brothers performed traditional songs before the Aboriginal, Australian and Torres Straight Islander flags were raised on the cultural centre's flag pole.
Mr Slockee said often indigenous people looked to high-profile sports stars or entertainers for inspiration, but this year's NAIDOC week was about acknowledging heroes on the local level, such as teachers, nurses and business people, “if you look around you can find heroes everywhere”.
“I think it is an opportunity for people to look around and recognise some of the unsung heroes and what they are doing,” Mr Slockee said.