Double celebration unites four generations
THE Dinmore Murri Baptist Church Hall came alive with sounds, smells and colour as past and present congregation members gathered for a double celebration.
The church, established in 1982, marked its 31st anniversary with a reunion on Sunday that welcomed four generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who attended.
The celebration coincided with the start of NAIDOC Week - an annual event to honour the history, culture and achievements of indigenous peoples.
Foundation member of the church Aunty Gloria Morton attended with her family.
The Goodna grandmother said NAIDOC Week was an especially good opportunity for younger indigenous generations to learn about and continue their proud culture.
"My grandchildren like to dress in their indigenous colours to mark NAIDOC Week," Ms Morton said.
"This week we will be celebrating with song, dance, prayer and other activities."
The NAIDOC theme this year is "We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963".
The theme pays tribute to the perseverance and success of the Yolngu people of Yirrkala, in north-east Arnhem Land, in shaping the nation's acknowledgement of Aboriginal people and their land rights.
Ipswich City Council will hold its NAIDOC Week celebrations on Thursday at Briggs Rd Sports Centre from 10am to 2pm.
The event is a collaboration between ICC, local indigenous communities, community organisations and the Kambu Medical Centre.
It will feature cultural activities including Nunukul Yuggera Dancers and several workshops.
For more information phone 3810 6655.