Walk a cultural education

July 05, 2017

Uncle Leon Saunders heads the walk.

On track: More than 100 people joined in the walk.

Children enjoy walking along the Flats.

The University of Melbourne's Leah Lindrea-Morrison and Uncle Leon Saunders lead the walk along the Flats near SPC Ardmona KidsTown.

Coats and beanies were popular accessories for those who braved the cold for a guided tour of The Flats yesterday.

Adults and children eager to learn about indigenous culture could be seen walking under the Peter Ross Edwards causeway with Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung Clans elder Uncle Leon Saunders, who led the tour.

The University of Melbourne’s Department of Rural Health organised to event for NAIDOC Week and more than 100 adults and children gathered at the Connection near SPC Ardmona KidsTown.

The group set off to walk The Flats about 11.30am and then returned to the Connection, where they enjoyed a light lunch and entertainment.

The University of Melbourne’s Leah Lindrea-Morrison said they thought it would be a great idea to educate people about the significance of The Flats and what it meant to local indigenous people.

‘‘NAIDOC is about history, culture and aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements,’’ she said.

Mr Saunders said the theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week was Our Language Matters.

‘‘Language connects us to the land, connects us to our song, our dance and our art,’’ he said.

‘‘NAIDOC is a very important week for our people to show what they’ve done over the years, so it’s good to share with the wider community that The Flats walk is apart of our local history.’’

Ms Lindrea-Morrison said The Flats walk last year attracted about 60 people, so it was great to see its popularity increasing since then.

Mr Saunders said he believed people were becoming more interested in Koori culture and wanted to learn more about it and that was why they decided to do the walk.

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