The QFCC today stood with partners Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and the Healing Foundation on sacred ground at the free Musgrave Park Family Fun Day held during NAIDOC week.
The event was an opportunity for the QFCC to promote messages from our Talking Families campaign to children, young people, families and community who had gathered to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Throughout the day our 'Talking Families with Community' tent drew in the crowds. Budding mini-artists had the opportunity to get creative with paint on wooden boomerangs, while parents and family members lined up for a snap in the photo booth, wrote messages about strong culture, talked about the challenges of parenting and collected goodie bags stuffed with tattoos, balloons, bubbles and Talking Families postcards.
In fact our tent was so popular, that we'd run out of the majority of our merchandise by 1pm in the afternoon. This slowdown in goodie bag activity gave our partners QATSICPP and the Healing Foundation time to extend their Knowledge Circles as they filmed vignettes with families on what constitutes strong culture, strong families and strong people.
Beyond our tent, the park was buzzing with excitement as punters enjoyed the traditional dance, music, performances and delicious food on offer.
The event was officially opened by Curtis Pitt, the Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, with a Welcome to Country performed by Uncle Des Sandy and traditional dance ceremony by Nunukul Yuggera. The lower stage mostly featured rap and dance performances that had the crowd up on their feet. The highlight for the afternoon, was a live performance by the beloved Archie Roach on the main stage.