Orange is gearing up for one of the biggest NAIDOC week programs held country-wide.
Orange NAIDC Week Chair Gerald Power said excitement was building for the launch of Orange’s NAIDOC Week this Friday.
“NAIDOC week in Orange is important because it is about coming together to share our culture,” Mr Power said.
“Orange has been a resettlement town for quite some time, and many different Aboriginal Nations come together, here on Wiradjuri land.
“This is about reconciliation and sharing our culture with the broader community.”
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the program, which included events from Friday October 26, to November 3, was all inclusive.
“In terms of the number of activities and the number of people participating, it is certainly up there with one of the city’s biggest events,” Cr Kidd said.
“I’m calling on everyone in the community to check out the program and participate in the annual NAIDOC March, check out the amazing talent from the region’s school kids at the NAIROC festival and bring the kids out for the family fun day on Sunday.”
Mr Power said the “crowning jewel” of Orange NAIDOC Week was the community awards night on Saturday November 3.
“It’s where we honour and celebrate our local achievers,” Mr Power said.
“This year’s theme is ‘Because of her we can,’ and it’s to shine a light on the work the wonderful women in our community do.
“We don’t often put women up on a pedestal and truly recognise and thank them.”
While Orange’s NAIDOC Week is held outside of national NAIDOC Week, Mr Power said it was one of the largest programs.
“We have something for all ages and all demographics and I urge everyone to get involved,” he said.
“Let’s get together, celebrate culture and honour the women in our community.”
To find out when events are planned, head to Orange City Council’s website.