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SHINE for Kids families celebrate NAIDOC Week each year

Since 2009 NAIDOC Week has been celebrated at Child and Family Centres throughout NSW with a variety of activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates and their families.

For example, in 2012, with the financial assistance of the Indigenous Coordination Centres at Dubbo and Wagga Wagga, NAIDOC Family Fun Days were held at Bathurst, Wellington and Junee, and at the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre with the support of Aboriginal Elder Aunty Raylene Ballangarry. Inmates from all sectors enjoyed the traditional food, dancing and painting. At Parklea the children were shown paintings by Aboriginal artists and the kids were surprised that they didn’t need to use a paintbrush for their own dot paintings. At Cessnock the children enjoyed painting their own boomerangs. In 2014, in conjunction with Wagga Wagga City Council, SHINE for Kids held a Family Fun Day featuring entertainment, a NAIDOC play session and family day care. An exhibition of artwork from the ‘Colourful Dreaming’ program was also on show.