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Written by Sarah, Snowy Student Term 3 2009   

NAIDOC WalkHey guys Sarah here.
Today was an awesome day. We got to represent the Snowy River Campus in the NAIDOC walk.

This is a walk that happens one week every year. It is a week that is set so we Australians can show our respect to the indigenous people around Australia. Each year they prepare a different theme. The theme this year was ‘Respecting Our Elders and Nurturing Our Youth’.

We drove into Orbost on a bus and walked the streets with lots of other schools then came back and had a ceremony. They had some dancers which were very interesting and entertaining.

NAIDOC WalkAfter the ceremony we all walked out and placed our hands while we watched the aboriginal flag ibeing raised. The hands were our own and we cut them out and wrote on them what we respect about our elders. This was very good as we got to show how we as nonindigenous people, can be a part of the aboriginal culture. To finish off the day we had lunch on the oval and then caught the bus home.

To me the NAIDOC walk means that I can show how I am able to accept and treat others the same as everyone should be treated. It also meant that I was supporting something different and new which was very exciting.

Well bye for now guys.

By Sarah, Echuca College


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