Celebration of culture

NAIDOC: The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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Local community celebrations are encouraged and often organised by communities, government agencies, local councils, schools and workplaces.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s, which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

This year, hundreds of events will take place during the first week of July, including the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony – the premier event on the National Indigenous calendar.

The 2017 NAIDOC award recipientswill be announced at the sold outceremony in Cairns onSaturday, July 1. The official event willopenNAIDOCWeek across the country.

The NAIDOC Awards Ceremonyisan opportunity to recognisethe outstanding contributions thatAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people, promote issues in the wider community, or the excellence they have shown in their chosen field.

This yearthe winners of the National NAIDOC Awards will be announced in the followingcategories:

Lifetime Achievement AwardPerson of the YearFemale Elder of the YearMale Elder of the YearCaring for Country AwardYouth of the YearArtist of the YearScholar of the YearApprentice of the YearSportsperson of the YearNAIDOCis celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Wherever you live, you can take part in NAIDOC Week celebrations. To find out about more about activities in your area, visit the website.

www.naidoc.org.au