On 7 July 2016 we hosted our Inaugural KARI NAIDOC Luncheon. The day brought together our partners and supporters to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Celebrations focused on the theme of this year’s National NAIDOC, Songlines – the living narrative of our nation. Thank you to Elder Uncle Allen Madden for his wonderful Welcome to Country.
Muggera Aboriginal Dance Group gave a fantastic cultural dance performance, surrounded by an art exhibition from Aboriginal Artist Danielle Mate Sullivan. Danielle’s artwork was also available to purchase on the day and she generously donated 40 per cent of all sales from the day to KARI.
Guests also enjoyed a number of musical performances from the students in our Vocal Identification Program (VIP), including singing the National Anthem in Dharawal Language, followed by a moving rendition of Raining on the Rock.
Indigenous Australian TV journalist Ray Martin gave the keynote address, speaking on the importance of culture and his own cultural journey.
A big thank you to all who attended and continue to support the important work that KARI does. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.
Click here to view photos from the day.
By Charlotte Long