CELEBRATION: Cr Jan Clifford, Nagro Gia traditional elder Sue West and Larissa Jeffrey raise the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags on Monday morning.
CELEBRATION: Cr Jan Clifford, Nagro Gia traditional elder Sue West and Larissa Jeffrey raise the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags on Monday morning. Rory Sheavils

Keeping culture thriving

PROSERPINE is coming together this week to celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

On Monday, the Proserpine Indigenous Reference Group (PIRG) held a flag raising ceremony to signal the start of NAIDOC Week.

PIRG NAIDOC week events organiser Keisha McEwan said the national week of remembrance was about acknowledging the traditional owners of Australia.

"It's basically just to recognise our culture, and that we're the oldest living culture, and we still exist," she said.

The week's celebrations culminate on Saturday, July 11, with a PIRG NAIDOC Day being held at St Catherine's Catholic College.

The public is invited to come along for some fun in the sun with games, stalls, food, raffles, and even a football game between local police and kids.

Event organiser Keisha McEwan said the football match was a favourite for the local kids.

"That's always fun," Ms McEwan said with a laugh.

"They always love bashing up the cops."

Visitors will also get the chance to experience some Aboriginal culture first hand with food prepared using traditional methods available on the day.

"We're having a Kup Murrie," Ms McEwan said.

"Which is an underground camp oven that is a traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander way of cooking."

Ms McEwan said the event was a way to keep PIRG alive, so it could preserve Aboriginal culture.

"All the money is going back towards PIRG, so that we're able to hold more events like this in the future," she said.

The celebration kicks off at 11am at the Tom Gard Centre.

If you get lost, just follow the laminated footprints made by the St Catherine's Catholic College Loyola Campus students.


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