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Kelly: NAIDOC week an important week of learning and culture

NAIDOC Week is the annual celebration of culture, history and achievements of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Gold Coast Titans have had a strong relationship with First Nations communities since the Club’s inception.

Titans’ centre and proud Bundjalung man Brian Kelly, says that NAIDOC Week has always been an important event for him.

“NAIDOC is about celebrating First Nations people and everything they have done and achieved,” Kelly said.

“It’s an important week to have so people can learn more about our history and culture.

“The whole week is full of numerous events, resources and celebrations,” he said.

NAIDOC Week is held annually each July and encourages everyone to acknowledge, recognise and celebrate First Nations people and their achievements.

This year’s theme, Heal Country is about recognising First Nations people and their connection to land and water.

It encourages people to embrace the First Nations cultural understanding and knowledge of country as part of the nation’s heritage.

It encourages the significant and lasting change of equality in social and economic spaces.

The Titans 2021 NAIDOC Community Event was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but Kelly says the entire Club are excited for the event later in the year.

“It was such a great event last year, with lots of things to do for the whole family,” Kelly said.

“We had traditional music and performances, First Nations stall holders and numerous activities for the kids to join in.

“It was great to get all of the players together and celebrate First Nations culture.

“We have such a diverse playing group, from all different cultures and backgrounds, so we are all excited to get together and celebrate soon,” he said.

To find out more about NAIDOC Week and the ways you can celebrate virtually, click here.