Starting this Sunday 6 July we'll be celebrating NAIDOC Week and recognising the survival and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in modern Australia.
The City of Sydney is home to one of Sydney's largest Aboriginal communities and NAIDOC Week is an important opportunity to celebrate the world's oldest living culture and work together to achieve reconciliation.
Whether through live music, dance, food or art, I would encourage everyone to get out and join in the NAIDOC Week celebrations.
This year's theme is Serving Country: Centenary and Beyond and there are plenty of free events taking place throughout the city, from family days, kids' workshops and movie screenings to exhibitions, talks, tours and concerts.
One of the highlight events is NAIDOC in the City at Hyde Park on Monday 7 July. From 11am to 3pm you can enjoy live music performances, a dedicated kids' zone, visit a marketplace with arts and crafts and sample food cooked in an underground earth oven.
You can also take the opportunity to find out more about our Eora Journey project that celebrates the living culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Sydney. The project is guided by the City's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel, made up of local community members, and City staff will be on hand to answer any questions.
We have also begun work on the City's own Reconciliation Action Plan to help build respect, relationships and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
As a mark of respect, all frontline staff at the City including customer service, libraries and community centres, recreation centres, cleansing services, parks and rangers will be provided with lapel pins with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags to wear during NAIDOC week.
To find out more, visit whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/23233-naidoc-week-2014