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Moree community comes together for historic Moree Dance Nation

It was a day to remember at Jellicoe Park on Sunday, as hundreds of people turned out for Moree Dance Nation, an Australia-wide event where Aboriginal people from all nations danced on country as one in time.

Around 70 dancers both young and old participated in the historic event, with an even larger crowd watching on.

"I honestly thought there wasn't going to be that many people," Moree event organiser Paul Spearim Jr said.

"When we were watching the videos, we worked out about minimum 25 blokes, women out numbered us. So all up about 30 blokes, almost 40 women and girls."

Mr Spearim this was the biggest gathering he has been a part of in the last five years.

"I've been leading these sorts of things, this is the biggest and most special," he said.

"We've got Aboriginal leaders and personalities around Australia saying this is right up there with reconciliation walks.

"To hear that from our leaders, our sporting personalities, political personalities, saying how great it was, it was on that scale for us as a people and I'm just so fortunate that we had so many people from Moree turn out.

"I've looked at a lot of videos from right across and I'm pretty sure we were one of the biggest communities that had the most amount of dancers."

One of the best things about the dance was the large number of Aboriginal people who danced for the first time, as well as the opportunity for families to dance together.

Mr Spearim said there was so much cultural significance in the historic event on Sunday.

"It's all about that cultural revolution," he said.

"There were a lot of things that were taken away, we now have the freedom to speak our languages.

"A lot of our older people that were there yesterday (Sunday), they grew up in a time where they were charged for speaking our language.

"There were all these other laws that were put in place in those days to wipe our cultural ways out.

"One beautiful old lady, she came up to me after the dances and said that she never got to learn her culture. We need to start organising stuff so we can start teaching our old people.

"This is our identity. That's the significance of yesterday (Sunday). It's all around cultural identity. For us people here in Moree, it was an opportunity to reconnect."

Mr Spearim isn't certain at this stage if there will be another event like this in the future, but he is definitely hopeful.

"I think the ownership should come back now onto the individual communities to take the step forward for us to grow our love and appreciation for our culture, our education," he said.

He wanted to thank everyone that came out and danced and supported, as well as Pius X Aboriginal Corporation and Miyay Birray Youth Service for lending their support and providing resources on the ground.