NAIDOC Week celebrations got underway in Launceston on Monday at a flag raising ceremony.
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre advocate Trudy Maluga said the event gets bigger and better every year, estimating about 300 people attended this year’s event.
“It’s an opportunity to highlight and share with the boarder community what makes us different, such as language and culture,” she said.
“It’s just a time of sharing, not only within the aboriginal community but within the broader community.”
The event saw a number of guest speakers and a traditional dance performed.
“The dance was about fire and how important fire is to,” Ms Maluga said.
City of Launceston mayor Albert Van Zetten said he was wonderful to see so many people celebrating.
“NAIDOC week celebrates the survival of the indigenous culture and contribution to modern Australia,” he said.
“Celebrations are held around Australia this week to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people.”
It’s just a time of sharing, not only within the Aboriginal community but within the broader community.Aboriginal advocate, Trudi Maluga