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Publication date: Monday 9 July 2018
A NAIDOC Week ceremony will be held at Blacktown Local Court on Wednesday to celebrate and recognise the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the area.
“Indigenous women in Blacktown’s LGA have helped pioneer vital programs in the community such as Circle Sentencing and the Aboriginal Community Justice Group to give our people a voice in the justice system and to help offenders turn their backs on crime,” said Nicole Smith, the Regional Coordinator of the NSW Justice Aboriginal Services Unit.
“Now it’s time to give back and honour these respected community members for their valuable contributions to our communities.
“As pillars of our society, Aboriginal women have played and continue to play, active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.”
This year’s NAIDOC week theme is ‘Because of Her, We Can!’ and focuses on the active role of indigenous women.
For the month of July, Blacktown Local Court will display a Wall of Fame, showcasing the work of Aboriginal women and their contributions to areas such as health, justice, the arts, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and preserving Aboriginal heritage and culture.
A community event will also be held at the court this Wednesday at 11.15am, which will include a flag raising ceremony, a Welcome to Country, guest speakers and a morning tea.
Blacktown Courthouse Registrar Adele Andrews said the ceremony has the full support of the court.
“The court has developed a strong and positive working relationship with Blacktown’s Indigenous community, particularly those who have provided invaluable advice on cases involving Indigenous victims of crime and offenders,” Ms Andrews said.
“I encourage local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, the legal profession and other community members to show their support for Indigenous women by joining us for the NAIDOC Week event.
“It is a great chance to bring our residents together, learn more about the history of our Indigenous people and pay tribute to strong Aboriginal women.”