Tallis Landers, Michael McGuane and Lane Brookes attend the official flag raising ceremony as NAIDOC week begins.
Tallis Landers, Michael McGuane and Lane Brookes attend the official flag raising ceremony as NAIDOC week begins. Sarah Dionysius

NAIDOC flag-raising an honour for teen

NAIDOC celebrations have kicked off this week with the official flag raising ceremony taking place at Roma’s Police Station.

This ceremony was particularly momentous for 17-year-old Mandandanji representative Tallis Landers as he was honoured with the role of raising the flag for the first time.

“I think it’s special because I’m not an elder, I’m just a member of the community,” Tallis said.

“To have the opportunity to honour our elders and our culture is pretty big.”

Tallis believes NAIDOC week is really important in educating the younger generation about the history of Indigenous Australia.

“Because it (NAIDOC week) is only here once a year the message of it sort of goes missing within the youth,” he said.

“It’s pretty big in St Johns and it’s definitely grown over the last couple of years but it still is something that could be taught more in schools.”

Roma’s Police Liaison Officer Michael McGuane said the flag raising ceremony helps break down the barriers within the community.

“The people are very supportive of it and are more than happy for it to be held at the police station,” he said.

“It shows that we are part of the community.”


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