Young NAIDOC Expo to showcase services, celebrate culture

Organisers of the Young NAIDOC Expo Stewart James, Kay Nash, Marnie Freeman, Naomi Peters, Cathy Kerr.
Organisers of the Young NAIDOC Expo Stewart James, Kay Nash, Marnie Freeman, Naomi Peters, Cathy Kerr.

TAFE NSW Aboriginal engagement coordinator Stewart James encourages the community to embrace Aboriginal culture at Wednesday's Young NAIDOC Expo, as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Stewart has helped organise the event which will bring together a number of health and education services, as well as many more, while also showcasing Aboriginal culture in Young.

The Expo will take place at Young PCYC on Wednesday, July 10 with a traditional smoking ceremony planned for 11.30am to officially open the event.

"We will have services from across the Riverina, as far as Wagga, to showcase to our community what's on offer and try provide access to services to people who can't normally get access," Stewart James said.

Stewart said the focus for organisers has been on providing people with information on services they normally wouldn't have access to, or aren't aware of.

Education, health, housing services and many more will be providing information throughout the day.

"We know there's people who are vulnerable in the community, who may not understand the best way to access a service that they may need. We're hoping for all the community to come and participate in the day," he said.

The Expo will also feature Aboriginal art demonstrations, face painting and tattoos, bush tucker, Aboriginal dancers and more.

"We want to showcase not only the services, but that there is a thriving aboriginal community here in Young. And NAIDOC Week being the week of celebration for culture, it's really important," he said.

"Everyone is welcome, we want people from all corners of the community to come along."

The Young NAIDOC Week Expo is on Wednesday, July 10 at Young PCYC from 10.30am until 2.30pm.

NAIDOC Week under the theme of voice, treaty, truth and let's work together for a shared future will be held nationally from Sunday, July 7 to Sunday, July 14.