The Torres Strait Islander flag raising, a series of Nyungar-English banners around town, and the return of the Mandaboornup Eagle puppet were just some of the highlights from NAIDOC Week.
Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation chairperson Gail Reynolds-Adamson said it was the first time the group had been involved in NAIDOC week given that they are a newly formed organisation.
“ETNTAC is grateful for the support that we received from various organisations and the community as a whole.
“We are very pleased with the celebrations that occurred over NAIDOC week and how the community embraced all of the events,” she said.
Ms Reynolds-Adamson said the banners featuring both Nyungar and English language, as well as the raising of the Torres Strait Islander flag, were among her highlights of the week.
“Not only are we extremely proud of how the banners look, but also embracing this years theme of NAIDOC which is Language,” she said.
“They were developed locally with a collaborative approach between ETNTAC and other organisations and individuals.
“It was also the first time that the Torres Strait Islander flag was raised and it was exciting to see it was raised by a young local girl of Torres Strait Islander descent.”
As part of NAIDOC week, ETNTAC also facilitated a Cross Cultural Awareness training with Kaata Tidje leading the sessions.
“Given the excellent response in the training program, ETNTAC in conjunction with Kaata Tidje will be looking at holding regular cultural awareness training programs.”
Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation (ETNTAC) was established as a part of Native Title determination and represents the six Traditional Owner family groups within the Esperance region.
Tjaltjraak, pronounced “dul-u-ruk”, is the Aboriginal word for the Eucalypt tree.
In last week’s Esperance Express it was printed that Ms Reynolds-Adamson said the project had not built a closer relationship with the community and opened a dialog with the shire about the importance of key dates such as NAIDOC week.
However this was incorrect and we apologise to Ms Reynolds-Adamson for misleading our readers.