First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation is holding a special Aboriginal cultural welcome ceremony for newly arrived Australians at its Blak Markets on Sunday 3 April 2016. Individuals and families who are new to Australia are invited to join in a special traditional welcome and smoking ceremony conducted by Aboriginal elder, Greg Simms. This event is a collaboration between First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation, The Welcome Dinner Project, Red Cross Australia and The Asylum Seekers Centre.
First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation started the Blak Markets two years ago. First Hand Solutions is an Aboriginal charity providing cultural reconnection programs for urban Aboriginal young people and all profits from the Blak Markets are reinvested into these programs.
Open this month at the new end of daylight saving hours of 9:30am until 3pm, the Blak Markets take place at Bare Island within the Kamay-Botany Bay National Park with the support of the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service. Entry price onto Bare Island, which is usually only open for tours, is $2.50 per person with children under 5 free.
When: Sunday 3 April 2016, 9.30am to 3pm
Where: Bare Island National Park
Book for workshops at:.blakmarkets.com/collections/workshops
10.30am Traditional Fire Lighting and Smoking Ceremony (Free)
11.00am Yaama Boys Dance Performance (Free)
11.15 Tucky’s Healing Ceremony ($40 Bookings required)
11.30pm Plant and Medicine Talk with Drew Roberts ($15 Booking required)
12.30 Heart in Art communal weaving session with Nadeena Dixon and Ronnie Jordan: to share stories on not only the hardships but the achievements we share with people dispossessed from their land and forced to leave their communities
1.30pm Yaama Boys Dance Performance (Free)
2pm Whale Ceremony with Tucky Cooley ($10 Booking required)
3pm market closes