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Last week, events were held across Australia in Acknowledgement of NAIDOC Week 2022. From 3rd-10th July, Dubbo locals gathered to pay respects to First Nations culture and achievements to join together for an educational week of marches, fairs, live music and events.
DHUB had a very busy week of NAIDOC events, with a whole schedule of activities including a very special day hosted by DHUB, delivering Traditional Indigenous Games to community.
The celebrations in Dubbo began with a beautiful Welcome to Country by local Elder Aunty Marg Walker.
Collectively the stall holders, all participants young and old, along with DHUB Staff, took a moment’s silence to pay respects to Ancestors past and present and reflect on NAIDOC and what it means as a community to GET UP! STAND UP! SHOW UP!
The day then kicked off with Bamara DHUB running activities in collaboration with John Moriarty Foundation & our amazing volunteers from Housing Plus Dubbo. Through multiple Traditional Indigenous Games, stalls and snacks, staff and children enjoyed a huge range of entertainment.
Participation from the community came from Walwaay Police Dubbo, who cooked a barbecue for attendees, and healthy refreshments of fruit and water were provided by Cheryl Ahsee from the University of Sydney.
A great show of support and unity was seen from other stakeholders holding stalls and joining the day, along with Hear Our Heart Bus providing valuable information to our Community.
Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make NAIDOC Week 2022 so special for the Dubbo community.
As part of the NSW Government’s OCHRE initiative (Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility, Empowerment), Bamara leads the work of the Dubbo Opportunity Hub (DHUB), a program for Aboriginal students in Dubbo and Wellington focusing on transitioning from education to careers and employment.