NAIDOC Week commences as Indigenous flag is raised in Launceston

UNITY: Aboriginal Elder Aunty Dorothy Murray raises the flag. Picture: Paul Scambler

UNITY: Aboriginal Elder Aunty Dorothy Murray raises the flag. Picture: Paul Scambler

NAIDOC Week has officially began after a flag raising ceremony was held in Launceston on Monday.

The ceremony took place at the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and included a number of speeches by community members.

State secretary of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Trudy Maluga believes the flag raising to be an important part of NAIDOC.

“The flag raising to us brings all of our community together,” Miss Maluga said.

“It unites us as a people, we reflect on what we have to achieve this year and treaty is the number one goal for us as a people.”

Cultural dances and readings were a part of the ceremony, presented by kanaplila ripana, an Aboriginal Youth Dance Group.

The ceremony also allowed for community leaders to voice their advocacy for Aboriginal rights and recognition.

“The present government have to acknowledge past wrongs and to make things right,” Miss Maluga said.

“To move forward as a nation it has to be acknowledged and implemented.”