mabo day to be marked online in port phillip

Port Phillip Council, together with the Boon Wurrung Foundation, will mark Mabo Day remotely this year with a series of online events. Mabo Day is the anniversary of the courageous achievements of Edward “Eddie” Mabo, known as Koiki, the Torres Strait Islander man who paved the way for the Native Title Act and changed the course of history.

Hosted on the Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee website, the celebrations will be streamed live on 3 June from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm, with a selection of music performances and activities available to be viewed until June 10. Parbin-ata Carolyn Briggs AM of the Boon Wurrung Foundation will open Mabo day proceedings with a powerful Mabo Day Welcome to Country.

The program features music performances from The Maza Sisters, John Wayne Parsons and Pirritu.

Meriam chef, Nornie Bero, will share her love of Torres Strait Islander dishes and how to incorporate native ingredients into home cooking in a cooking class.

Mayor Bernadene Voss said Mabo Day remained an important day on the Port Phillip calendar.

“Even though the COVID-19 pandemic prevents us from joining together for our usual Mabo Day celebrations this year, this online program allows us to continue to mark the importance of Eddie ‘Koiko’ Mabo’s achievements. If you’re unable to join us live on 3 June, I encourage you to ‘catch up’ online – there really is something for everyone,” Cr Voss said.
Mabo Day is celebrated as part of Reconciliation Week which runs from 27 May to 3 June 2020.

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