Hobsons Bay celebrated NADOIC Week with its biggest event ever on Tuesday afternoon, as local members of the community gathered at the Civic Centre in Altona to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Special guests included Hobsons Bay City Council Chief Executive Officer Aaron van Egmond, Councillors Jonathon Marsden and Mayor Angela Altair, Williamstown Police Senior Sergeant Chris Allen and Holy Trinity Archdeacon Bill Beagley.
Gathered on the traditional land of the people of the Kulin Nation, Janet Galpin from the Boon Wurrung Foundation officially conducted the welcome to country, accompanied by William Pepper who facilitated the smoking ceremony.
Guest speakers included Department of Education and Training Koorie Engagement Support Officer Lisa de Santa-anna, who spoke about her mother Auntie Marlene Cameron, who is a member of the stolen generation and was also present at the ceremony.
After the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags were raised, the ceremony concluded with a musical performance by soul duo The Merindas, who at one point was joined on stage by Mayor Angela Altair to bust some moves to “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge.