NAIDOC Week is officially under way in Gunnedah, with locals engaging in a variety of activities to celebrate Indigenous culture.
A full week kicked off with a flag raising ceremony at the Gunnedah District Hospital on Monday, attended by the Gunnedah Hospital Auxiliary, Hunter New England Health (HNEH), Gunnedah Can Assist and community members.
Due to the wet weather, the flag was unable to be raised on the hospital's flagpole so Can Assist's Kate Knight and the hospital auxiliary's Lesley Croft held up the Aboriginal and Australian flags instead in honour of the occasion.
At the event, HNEH Aboriginal Health Unit's Rose Wadwell introduced a new palliative care guide called "Into the Dreaming". This guide is designed to specifically link Indigenous Australians to the district's palliative care services.
The flag raising was followed by a brunch at Gunida Gunyah, with a tempting smorgasbord on offer for guests.
Gunida Gunyah staff gave a traditional welcome to country and also spoke to the guests about this year's NAIDOC theme - Voice. Treaty. Truth. and its meaning.
There have been many preparations for the week, including a painting workshop in the studio of the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery.
Women gathered to paint white umbrellas with Indigenous colours and images and they are now on show in the gallery.
More activities will be held over the next week, and the full program can be found at the Gunnedah Local AECG Facebook page.