NAIDOC Gala Ball
Onpoint 365 celebrated NAIDOC 2016 by attending the NAIDOC Awards in our Country, Darwin Australia and Larrakia Country.
Bilawara Lee, Larrakia elder and Onpoint 365 Senior Cultural Adviser provided the ‘Welcome to country’ on behalf of the Larrakia people at the NAIDOC Awards Gala Ball.
The theme of NAIDOC 2016 was ‘Songlines’. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Dreamtime describes a time when the earth and all the things upon it were created by our ancestral spiritual beings. In this time, the oceans, rivers, mountains, islands and land formations, plants, animals, were created. These dreaming tracks or Songlines record the travels of ancestral spirits who sung the land into life. Songlines are recorded in traditional cultural expressions such as songs, stories, dance and art. They carry cultural significance and connection to knowledge, customs, ceremony and lore.
It was a wonderful night of celebration and we congratulate all winners and nominee’s for their achievements. We were very proud to part the 2016 NAIDOC Awards to celebrate the Achievements of Indigenous Australians.
We were extremely proud of our niece, Katelyn O’Neil and cousin, Isaiah Lee of the Larrakia people, who volunteered on the night to assist with award presentations. They made us very proud
NAIDOC Breakfast Darwin
Earlier on NAIDOC Day Tony Lee, Larrakia elder and Onpoint 365 Indigenous artist provided the ‘welcome to Country’ for the NAIDOC Breakfast hosted by Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC). Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, was a keynote speaker and spoke on his commitment to Indigenous affairs.