A special community flag raising ceremony will be held on Monday 3 July at the Campbelltown City Council Forecourt to commemorate NAIDOC Week.

Campbelltown will celebrate the rich history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout NAIDOC Week, from 2 July to 9 July.

This year’s theme, For Our Elders, is an empowered reminder of the role Elders play in sharing cultural knowledge, serving as leaders, and ensuring the continued advocating for Indigenous communities.

Mayor of Campbelltown George Greiss said that NAIDOC Week is an annual reminder of the important contribution of First Nations’ people in our community.

 “Elders play a vital role in passing on knowledge to the next generation and educating the wider community on cultural practices and history,” Dr Greiss said.

Following Council’s flag raising ceremony on Monday, the community is encouraged to join a procession through Queen Street to Campbelltown Arts Centre.

A Community Connection Day will then be held at Campbelltown Arts Centre, with stalls, cultural activities and food from 11am to 3pm.

Residents are encouraged to visit the NAIDOC Week Touch Football match on Wednesday 5 July at Benham Reserve in Minto. From 9am to 3pm, participants will be able to cheer on the players while enjoying a sausage roll BBQ.