Date: Monday 9th July, 2018
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am
Location: Federation Square, Melbourne
The annual Flag Raising Ceremony officially marks the beginning of NAIDOC Week. It brings members of the community together to publicly commemorate the importance of NAIDOC week. The event honours continued connection to culture, country, and language of all
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country and a moment of silence for our people who have gone before us.
NAIDOC week is an opportunity for our people to come together in a positive and cultural context – encouraging families, community and elders together and to recognise the enormous contribution that Indigenous Australians make to the community.
The Flag Raising Ceremony is building in momentum with more and more organisations and government bodies coming out to mark the beginning of NAIDOC week. We encourage them, as well as community, to come along in 2017.
There was a great turnout to the ceremony last year (photos below), with many honorary first nation clan elders, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins, Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, and, of course, Victorian NAIDOC award winners and elders, in attendance.
[Photography by Moorina Bonini]