This year's NAIDOC theme of "Voice Treaty Truth" is an exciting one for Bendigo NAIDOW Week chariperson Aunty Lyn Warren.
Aunty Lyn said the idea of a treaty was a big thing this year.
"I went to a conference last year and they were trying to get (the treaty) going across Victoria and Australia," Aunty Lyn said. "That's why this year's theme is so good because people will talk about this treaty.
"Voice Treaty Truth is what we're covering. We've got young chap, Bobby Wise, who works at BDAC who is the treaty representative for this area.
"He's going to be at the flag raising ceremony and will do a talk."
Bendigo's NAIDOC Week continues to grow with events being held ahead of the official launch on Friday.
Aunty Lyn Warren, who chairs the Bendigo NAIDOC Week committee said the celebration of Indigenous culture brings the community together.
"I've been on the committee for umpteen years (and) can't believe it keeps getting bigger," she said.
"Once it was NAIDOC week and then it was finished but it's not like that now, there is always something on (throughout the year), which is good brings out more information about our people.
"So many people are so interested compared to what they used to be."
The Bendigo NAIDOC Week committee also consists of Ben Pengelly (vice-chairperson), Danni Speak (treasurer), Dale Hardy, Anne Conway and Di Parker. The committee works with local organisations and business to put together the program for the week.
New events at this year's NAIDOC week include an Aboriginal and Torres Strat Islander Art Fair at the former All Saints Church, a NAIDOC Week soccer match at the QEO, the BDAC Community Art Exhibition and the Mission Song Project at Ulumbarra Theatre.
"We have the flag raising on the Monday but there are events before then because it's getting harder and harder to fit everything in," Bendigo NAIDOC Week committee secretary Heather Paterson said.
"If you look through program, you can see from the range of events and organisations, that there is something there for everybody.
"(NAIDOC Week) is a fantastic way for the community to come together and lots of organisations are coming together and wanting to be involved to make sure we have a good time.
"The Bendigo Health lunch has Indigenous foods incorporated into it, the children's day has cultural activities through whole day and the weaving workshop is a new event.
"There is lots of opportunities to learn the richness of (Indigenous) culture."
The official Bendigo NAIDOC Week flag raising an civic reception is at Bendigo Town Hall and Library Gardens on July 8 at 10am.
For the full program click here.
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