Laughter, fun and Aboriginal culture was on show as part of Port Macquarie's NAIDOC Week celebrations.
Hundreds of people turned out to take part in activities and games and to see what local services are available to the community on July 11 at the Port Macquarie Racecourse.
Aboriginal liaison officer with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Kelly O'Brien, said NAIDOC was a celebration of Aboriginal culture for the whole community.
"The family fun day is our main event in Port Macquarie for NAIDOC Week each year," Ms O'Brien said.
"Every year it seems to get bigger and better and this year it is exactly the same. The sun is shining and we have so many people experiencing our Aboriginal culture.
"We have over 35 stall holders who are running arts and craft activities, games and sharing the services they can provide in the community."
NAIDOC Week 2019 started on July 7 and will run until July 14.
Ms O'Brien said the family fun day was the biggest event of the week but only made up one aspect of the week-long celebration.
"We had the official opening and flag raising on Monday, we had the family fun day at Wauchope and we also have a men's golf tournament and ladies barefoot bowls day," she said.
"The fun day is about learning about local Aboriginal culture, customs and heritage and it is about coming together as one community.
"It is so wonderful to see so many young people and a number of preschools have come along to join in the games."
Birpai woman Rhonda Radley spoke to the gathered crowd about the 2019 NAIDOC Week theme Voice, Treaty, Truth - Let's work together for a shared future.
"It is so fantastic this year's theme voice, treaty and truth and I guess that is because it can mean different things to different people," Ms Radley said.
"I really like to keep a positive note on it. There are a lot of conversations in the political space about the referendum and sovereignty but for me it is all about coming together.
"For me, treaty is about us all being unified as one and the Aboriginal mob coming together with the non-Aboriginal mob.
"Voice is about getting out there and using it and getting our young ones to use their voice. And truth is about our history and telling the truth of Australia as it was, the bad, the ugly and the good.
"But history hasn't always been good for us and NAIDOC is about the rest of Australia acknowledging the true history."
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