Australian Aboriginal elder Theresa Walley led the Welcome to Country to commence the 2018 NAIDOC Week Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on 22 July 2018. Photo: Ron Tan.
By Amanda Murthy
The Australian Aboriginal community have last week come together during a Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral to celebrate the conclusion of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (NATSIC) Week 2018.
The festivities organised by the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry (ACM) began with a traditional “Welcome to Country” and smoking ceremony at the Cathedral forecourt, led by elders Therese Walley and Ben Taylor.
The Mass – celebrated by Emeritus Archbishop Barry Hickey – began with