Spirits soar at Geraldton NAIDOC Week celebration

Donna Ronan and Nola Gregory at a NAIDOC event in Geraldton. Picture: The Geraldton Guardian

Geraldton Guardian

The wet weather held off just long enough to ensure NAIDOC celebrations in the CBD could go off without a hitch on Friday morning, with more than 200 people gathering at Edith Cowan Square to celebrate. Between the heart-stopping didgeridoo performance, the warm kangaroo pies and the smoking ceremony, the event offered plenty of chances to relax, reflect and celebrate Indigenous culture.As part of her Welcome to Country, Donna Ronan said: “I’d like to acknowledge our mob from all over Australia.“Welcome and heal our country”. Several organisations were involved, including Centacare, Broadspectrum, Legal Aid, Desert Blue Connect, the Aboriginal Family Legal Service, Communicare, the Department of Communities, WA Police, Consumer Protection, and the Department of Justice.Picture: Clarence Merry, 10, holding a snake. Picture: Lisa Favazzo/The Geraldton Guardian


Leroy Shiosaki playing the digeridoo at Geraldton Courthouse on NAIDOC Week. Picture: The Geraldton Guardian


Lani Merrit, 11. Picture: The Geraldton Guardian


Ella Ailenei, Perlin Simon, Russell Pratt, Lara Dalton MLA. Picture: The Geraldton Guardian


Maddi Bradley and Thea Bradley, 1. Picture: The Geraldton Guardian


Kurt McIntosh and Violet Evans. Picture: The Geraldton Guardian