CHILDREN of all cultures need to embrace NAIDOC Week in order for Orange to be one community according to Matt Ingram who took part in the NAIDOC Week march yesterday.
While the annual celebration is held in July across the nation, Orange celebrates the week in October when the weather is a little milder.
Mr Ingram was among 500 people, including schoolchildren from 18 schools, who took part in the march from Sale Street to the north court, behind the art gallery.
“It’s all about the next generation and to get the kids interested,” Mr Ingram said.
“It’s always important so they know of their Aboriginal descent.”
He marched with Aboriginal elders, members of the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council, his friend Shannon Keevil and Mr Keevil’s children Zaidyn and Cruz.
Mr Ingram said it was important to share NAIDOC Week events with Orange’s younger community members.
“Every year it gets bigger with indigenous and non-indigenous people,” he said.
“It’s all about the kids now.”
NAIDOC Week committee member Kara Sutherland said she was happy with the community response to the annual celebrations.
“NAIDOC Week gets bigger and better each year and I think that’s about the awareness,” she said.
As part of yesterday’s events a number of Aboriginal service providers held stalls in the north court area.
Following the official opening, academic awards were presented to indigenous school students along with an award for every indigenous year 12 student.
While the Wiradjuri people traditionally call Orange home, there are 15 indigenous country groups living here.
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