The 2017 theme for NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week - Our Languages Matter - emphasised and celebrated the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
Glen Innes Severn Council is committed to respect for, and acknowledgment of, the importance of Aboriginal culture. A special storytelling event was held at the Glen Innes skating rink, followed by the painting of an Aboriginal boomerang with Aboriginal elder, Uncle John Kirk, leading children through the event.
More than a hundred people attended the day, with at least 80 skaters having fun on the rink. A flag raising ceremony was also held with a Welcome to Country given by a member of the Aboriginal playgroup, followed by a barbeque lunch and the official cake cutting by Uncle John Kirk.