Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Honouring Our History; NAIDOC Week Starts on Sunday

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Honouring Our History; NAIDOC Week Starts on Sunday

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Byline: Annie Perets annie.perets@ frasercoastchronicle.com.au

TEACHING others about a 60,000-year-old language and culture still gives indigenous woman Lesa Stagg goosebumps.

Next week's NAIDOC events means Ms Stagg and other Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders will share their culture, remember the past and applaud the achievements of indigenous Australians.

Workshops on language, story telling and reconciliation will be held throughout next week.

"I get goosebumps when I see the looks in people's faces when they learn something new," Ms Stagg said.

"I love it when people say 'this is awesome' or 'I haven't seen anything like this before'."

This year's theme NAIDOC theme is Our Languages Matter.

Ms Stagg, a Cobble Cobble woman, said this was important to keep the many Aboriginal languages alive for future generations.

"Where I work and play is Butchulla country and being Cobble Cobble, the languages are different," she said. …

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