Acacia Prison celebrates NAIDOC Week in style

Acacia Prison celebrated NAIDOC week with a special ceremony last Tuesday.

Special guests included professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker from Koya Aboriginal Corporation and Michelle Winmar from the Bilya Koort Boodja Centre.

Professor Kickett-Tucker and Ms Winmar spoke about the importance of family and culture and their experiences working with local communities and families.

Around 80 prisoners, staff and invited community guests attended the ceremony.

Led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates, the ceremony included a traditional dance performance, NAIDOC awards presentation and speeches from prisoners on the three elements of this year's NAIDOC theme: Voice, Treaty, Truth.

The week-long celebrations include a traditional roo-tail cook up, storytelling, football match, basketball competition and music events from Acacia's prison band, in celebration of Aboriginal culture.

Serco acting prison director Craig Moody said NAIDOC Week was an important annual event for the facility.

"Staff and Aboriginal prisoners work hard planning NAIDOC Week activities every year," he said.

"Cultural events such as this and Reconciliation Week are important in promoting understanding and respect for Aboriginal culture, community and families and help support our rehabilitation programs.

"I would like to thank Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker and Michelle Winmar for being part of our event this year, and for all of the staff and inmates who have worked hard to make this year's event a success."