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For our Bre Elders

Jayreece Frail, Keiahnee-Jean Morgan and Katania Frail carry the Brewarrina Central School banner during the NAIDOC Week March at Bre. Photo contributed

NAIDOC Week in Brewarrina

NAIDOC Week has been celebrated across the nation this week, with schools and community organisations embracing the theme ‘For Our Elders’.

The message is a lived experience throughout NAIDOC Week, to acknowledge in every community the role that elders play as cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers and loved ones.

The Brewarrina Central School kicked off their NAIDOC Week celebrations with a special event to honour the elders in the Brewarrina Shire and were joined by students from St Patricks, the Brewarrina Christian School at Gongolgon and the Weilmoringle Public school.

The week began with a flag raising ceremony on Monday, followed a by a march down the main street.

On Tuesday, artwork created by the children from old photographs and memorabilia of their family elders went on display in an exhibition at the Josiah Healing Centre in Brewarrina, with a special gathering from 6pm for community and guests.

On Wednesday, it was time to celebrate the achievements of the students at the whole school assembly, where the NAIDOC message was again honoured, before the handing out of the Deadly, Spirit and Respect awards, recognising students selected by the student support educators.

The school captains ran the assembly before the cutting of the NAIDOC cake which was shared by the school community before Brewarrina elder and community leader Mello Ferguson gave an address to the students.

On Thursday the Bre Central school hosted a community breakfast, with the Goodooga Public school coming along to take part in indigenous games, a sausage sizzle and a disco.

Despite the action-packed week, there was still time for classroom activities, with indigenous craft and activities before the term wraps up for the holidays.


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