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NAIDOC Week in Eurobodalla 8th to 15th November

Each year NAIDOC Week festivities are held across Australia to recognise and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Usually held in the first week of July, this year's festivities were postponed to 8 to 15 November in response to COVID-19.

The theme for the NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be'.

Flag raising ceremony

As current COVID restrictions limit the number of people able to attend a public event, a small group of Eurobodalla's Aboriginal community members were invited to the Council Chambers Courtyard to attend a Koori Flag Raising Ceremony. Unfortunately neither the Mayor nor the General Manager were able to attend however Council was well represented on the day by Councillor Pat McGinlay.

Other activities for NAIDOC Week 2020

Author talk: Dhurga Language Dictionary

A Meet the authors event has been organised for this coming Wednesday where the community can meet the authors of the 'Dhurga Language Dictionary and Learner's Grammar' at the Moruya Library. Sadly the event is already booked out The dedicated work by siblings Patricia Ellis, Kerry Boyenga and Waine Donovan on the Dhurga language recently reached a major milestone, with the publication of the Dhurga Dictionary and Learners Grammar. The book was launched officially at the Moruya Library by renowned, Jackie French AM Author, Historian and Ecologist celebrating the Dhurga language as one of the languages of the Yuin Nation, spoken on the South Coast and Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, from south of Nowra to Narooma and west to Braidwood and Araluen. At the launch the CEO of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Craig Ritchie, said the dictionary is a long-awaited resource for the Dhurga speaking people of Yuin Country and will be a valuable book for any person wanting to learn the traditional language.

“The community have worked tirelessly over many years to develop the Dhurga Dictionary and we are proud at AIATSIS to be able to help it reach publication,” Mr Ritchie said.

“The dictionary is a boost for the teaching and Dhurga language revitalisation work already happening with the community and schools on the South Coast of New South Wales. It will serve as an invaluable resource for many years to come.”

Patricia, Kerry and Waine have spent the past 20 years teaching Dhurga language in schools and have over 80 years of collective experience working in the education sector. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the siblings, linguists and a dedicated community the revival of the Dhurga language has allowed for speakers young and old to embrace the traditional language previously considered endangered.

The new publication is the most concise compilation of the Dhurga language to date with over 730 words, as well as informant and recorder details to validate authenticity. The dictionary is the first of its kind, designed to be user-friendly for all literacy levels and readers.

Dhurga Dictionary and Learners Grammar - available at Moruya Books

Family fishing day

Enter the fishing competition to win great prizes and enjoy a traditional Aboriginal dance performance, sausage sizzle lunch and touch footy games.

  • Where: Corrigans Beach Reserve, Beach Road, Batehaven

  • When: Friday 13 November, 8.30am to 4.30pm

  • Cost: Free, registration required on arrival

  • More info: Todd Chatfield 0421 203 044

In 2020-2021 an annual budget of $4,673 for grants was provided by Eurobodalla Council to support the activities of community groups, schools and/or non-profit organisations in celebrating NAIDOC Week. The combined total of 10 applications recommended by the sub-committee for funding is $4,673.

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