National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week celebrations kicked off at the Dubbo Delroy Shopping Centre on Monday.
Each July, Naidoc Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
The first workshop, held by the owner of Goanna Woodworks, Tim Naden, had children paint their own boomerangs.
Mr Naden runs the Goanna Woodworks Cultural Program, which is about sharing the knowledge of traditional creation and use of Aboriginal Weapons and Artefacts, empowering others, and building relationships through art, woodwork, yarning and laughter.
Mr Naden is a local Wiradjuri man who runs his workshops throughout the year at various organisations and events.
He combines Aboriginal Art and Woodwork, using a variety of raw timbers to create one-of-a-kind pieces.
"I have been learning and perfecting my skills for 20 years," he said.
"My woodworking skills and knowledge of traditional weapons and artefacts have been passed down to me by my uncle.
"My artwork and creations are both contemporary and traditional, drawing on life experiences and knowledge passed down to me by my elders."
My Naden said he believes his culture should be shared, celebrated and passed on to younger generations.
The program workshops include traditional food and cooking method classes, learning how to throw boomerangs, bushwalking, cultural art and craft activities. Workshops also focus on learning about the land and the Aboriginal connection to the land, painting using modern and traditional techniques, learning about the safe use of power tools, being guided in how to demonstrate respect for yourself and others, learning more about identity and family connections and being guided in finding inner strengths.
Mr Naden supplied the children with a hundred boomerangs that they could paint how they pleased, and take home.
The workshop initially aimed to run over three hours, from 11 am to 2 pm, but before the first hour was through all of the boomerangs had been painted and placed out to dry.
Mr Naden hadn't expected so many children to come and join in on the festivities and get their hands dirty and was surprised when at 10 to 12 he had only nine boomerangs left.
The origins of NAIDOC Week can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups back around the 1920s who sought to increase awareness in the broader community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
NAIDOC Week activities are being held at the Delroy shopping centre from 11 am to 2 pm, Monday to Thursday this week.
On Tuesday there is a weapons and artefacts presentation and on Wednesday and Thursday, there will be art, where people can help create a magical painting for Naidoc week.
On Friday the celebrations will wrap up with Thikkabilla Vibrations, a traditional dance performance from 10.30am to 11 am.
On Wednesday night Headspace Dubbo and Uniting are hosting a Ngumba-Dal festival under the stars at 23 Church Street from 5 pm, featuring a smoking ceremony, Welcome to the country, dinner by the fire-pit, traditional dances, an Aboriginal Art Workshop and a showcasing of Uniting's Barrang-Gi-raa Program.