NAIDOC Week is kicking off in Dubbo with the Dubbo Aboriginal working party hosting the celebrations at Dubbo City Council today.
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NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Council’s Aboriginal liaison officer Darren Toomey said the NAIDOC week celebrations were for everyone in Dubbo.

“NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life,” he said.

“The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.”

The 2010 National NAIDOC theme is ‘Unsung Heroes – Closing the Gap by Leading Their Way’

‘Unsung heroes’ recognises the part played by the quiet achievers in the Indigenous community, both now and in the past.

NAIDOC originally stood for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, the body once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week.

Its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

NAIDOC week celebrations in Dubbo will begin at 10am today at the council’s civic administration building.

There will be a traditional welcome to country and the raising of the Aboriginal and the Torres Strait Island flag in the council car park followed by a cake cutting.

The Dubbo Aboriginal Community Working Party will then hold a special ceremony to mark the beginning of NAIDOC Week.

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