Film screenings, dance performances, award presentations and a traditional Aboriginal food tasting were run throughout the week to celebrate the rich cultural importance of the Dreamtime.
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Dreamtime describes a time when the earth, people and animals were created by ancestral spiritual beings. They created the rivers, lakes, plants, land formations and living creatures.
Songlines are recorded in traditional songs, stories, dance and art. They carry significant spiritual and cultural connection to knowledge, customs, ceremony and Lore of many Aboriginal nations and Torres Strait Islander language groups.
"Our celebrations are an opportunity for us to honour the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to recognise the valuable contribution they make to our identity as a nation and to our organisation," said our CEO, Sue Murphy.
"Our participation in Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC is a symbol of our respect for the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and our commitment to making sure that Aboriginal people have the same opportunities as non-Aboriginal Australians."
Image: (from left to right) Lynette Lund (Aboriginal Affairs), CEO Sue Murphy, Dr Richard Walley OAM and Vanessa Kickett (Aboriginal Affairs)
at NAIDOC Week celebrations 2016
Image: Gilmore College Deadly Sista Girlz Dancers at NAIDOC Week celebrations 2016