IT was a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples when the Seymour community gathered together to recognise NAIDOC week last Wednesday, July 5.
More than 100 indigenous and non-indigenous members of the community participated in the NAIDOC parade and festivities.
The event started with a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony with special guests Taungurung Elder, Aunty Jackie Stewart and Seymour resident and LAN chairperson Alice Solomon, and was followed with a parade through the main streets of Seymour and finished at Kings Park.
Local residents and onlookers stopped to watch the parade, applauding and waving at their fellow community members.
Seymour Local Aboriginal Network (LAN) community networks broker Joshua Atkinson said the NAIDOC celebration, held for the second year in a row, was a wonderful event.
“It was a fantastic turnout. More than 100 people attended the NAIDOC parade, from all parts of the community,” Mr Atkinson said.