Tuning into NAIDOC Week on the Surf Coast

4 July 2017

With language in the limelight during this year’s NAIDOC Week, a free screening of The Sapphires will help explore the important role of Indigenous languages.

The movie – which tells the story of four Aboriginal singers from country Victoria – is part of Surf Coast Shire Council’s NAIDOC Week celebrations, with Mayor Brian McKiterick highlighting the significance of the week.

NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week is held from 2 July to 9 July, with this year’s theme ‘Our Languages Matter’. Cr McKiterick said the week was an opportunity to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“We have a strong relationship with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative, and we acknowledge the significance of Indigenous culture and history across Australia,” he said.

Cr McKiterick said this year’s theme ‘Our Languages Matter’ tied in nicely for the shire.

“The Surf Coast Shire region covers traditional lands of three Aboriginal nations – the Gadubanud, the Gulidjan and the Wadawurrung – which each had their own language,” he said.

“Community members might have noticed that we use Indigenous language across our communities, through the naming of places.

“This is highlighted in one of our major projects in Torquay that’s currently under construction – Kurrambee Myaring Community Centre, which means ‘Merry-laugh, here in this place’.”

The Sapphires will be shown at Winchelsea’s Globe Theatre on Saturday 8 July. The free screening will include a Welcome to Country by Wadawurrung woman Nikki McKenzie.

Cr McKiterick encouraged Surf Coast residents and visitors to attend the screening. It is from 4pm at Winchelsea’s Globe Theatre, located 17 Willis Street.