NAIDOC Week 2019: Cultural celebrations underway in Mandurah | Photos

NAIDOC Week kicked off on Sunday, with this year's theme pulling at the heartstrings of many in the local community.

Held across Australia from July 7-14 this year, the annual festivities celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC Week is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

In 2019, the NAIDOC theme is 'Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together for a shared future'.

These were the three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, that represent the unified position of First Nations Australians.

In Mandurah, the celebratory week began on Monday with activities at the Billy Dower Youth Centre, free games, food and a workshop from premier Indigenous comedy star Kevin Kropinyeri.

Local health care centre Nidjalla Waangan Mia also hosted an event with plenty of yarns, afternoon tea and a raising of the flags ceremony.

Comedian Kevin Kropinyeri, Peel Health Campus chief executive Marg Sturdy, George Walley, Peel Health Campus finance and corporate services director Renee Durrant, Franklin Nannup, Anne Salter and Debb Alexander. Photo: Supplied.

Comedian Kevin Kropinyeri, Peel Health Campus chief executive Marg Sturdy, George Walley, Peel Health Campus finance and corporate services director Renee Durrant, Franklin Nannup, Anne Salter and Debb Alexander. Photo: Supplied.

The Bindjareb NAIDOC community event commenced later in the afternoon with a march along the eastern foreshore and a flag raising ceremony in Mandjar Square.

The celebrations then spilled inside the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre with a Welcome to Country, speeches, afternoon tea, children's activities and another performance from Kropinyeri in the Boardwalk Theatre.

City of Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams said NAIDOC Week was a chance to embrace the community's differences.

"This week we reflect on our journey of reconciliation here in Mandjoogoordup," he said.

"A journey that is built on the solid foundations of authentic relationships, a commitment to learning and sharing, and the acknowledgement that our collective future is stronger if we walk hand in hand towards our goals.

"As a community, we should be proud because we are a community that respects and celebrates our diversity, and recognises that diversity as our asset, as it should be."

Mr Williams added there were many important aspects to the annual event.

"This week is also a reminder to us that we should never be complacent," he said.

"It is never okay to be or to tolerate racism, and we should call it out if we see it.

"As Uncle Harry often says, 'we do things differently here' and that difference is something we should be immensely proud of."

The celebrations will continue throughout the week, with a variety of activities to enjoy.

Check out our guide to all the events happening around the Peel region for NAIDOC Week 2019. For more information about NAIDOC Week, visit the website.