NAIDOC Week kicks off in Pirie

Indigenous residents' contributions to the city and region has been celebrated with NAIDOC Week festivities starting in Port Pirie on Monday morning.

A flag raising ceremony in front of the Ellen Street council chambers, conducted by Duane Woods and Annette Lawrie-Dodd, marked the start of the almost week-long celebrations and was followed by a march through the city centre to Flinders View Park.

Marcellus Enalanga, a young Aboriginal man from Port Pirie who was recognised as the Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year in 2016, was master-of-ceremonies for the ceremony.

"For generations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have sought recognition for our own unique place in Australia, Australian history and society today as the oldest continuing culture on the planet," he said at Monday's event.

Nukunu elder, Doug Turner, welcomed everyone to country, inviting all to respect the culture, traditions and attachment of Aboriginal people to country and celebrate Aboriginal residents' contribution to strengthening and enriching the Port Pirie and regional community.

Mayor Leon Stephens told the gathering plans were in place to make NAIDOC Week festivities bigger from next year.

"We plan to have that full week next year, that's already in planning," he said.

"We're so excited to see what transpires."

Another NAIDOC Week celebration is being held in the city at the Northern Festival Centre, Gertrude Street, on Thursday from 11am to 2pm and will feature a variety of entertainment for all to enjoy.