NORTHERN Grampians residents are being invited to celebrate NAIDOC Week across the municipality.
NAIDOC Week will be held from Sunday, July 6 to Sunday, July 13.
NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
Northern Grampians Shire Councillor, Karen Hyslop said a range of exciting activities for all ages would take place over the week.
"NAIDOC Week is the perfect opportunity for our whole community to take some time to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Indigenous Australians both in our municipality and across the country," Cr Hyslop said.
"Council has worked in partnership with Grampians Community Health, Budja Budja Aboriginal Cooperative, Brambuk, and the National Film and Sound Archive to put together a diverse program of events over the week."
The major event will be a free film night at the Stawell Health and Community Centre on Friday, July 11, from 6.30pm. Two indigenous films, Mabo and Croker Island Exodus, will be shown and supper will be provided.
Flag raising ceremonies will take place in both Stawell and Halls Gap at 10.30am on Monday and 10am on Tuesday respectively. Both flag raising events will be followed by a free morning tea.
Indigenous art displays will run from Monday through to Friday at 108 Main St, Stawell and the Stawell Health and Community Centre, as well as the St Arnaud Library.
The displays will showcase artworks created by local primary school students who entered the NAIDOC colouring-in competition.
Cultural activities including boomerang throwing and painting, didgeridoo and artefact workshops and bush tucker tasting will be popular at Brambuk Cultural Centre for the whole week, providing a great opportunity to get the kids out of the house as the school holidays come to a close.
For more information on NAIDOC Week, visit www.naidoc.org.au