Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Nigel Scullion has called on all Australians to celebrate NAIDOC Week and go to local events in their community.
“This week is not only an occasion for Indigenous people to celebrate their positive achievements, but an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate those achievements,” Senator Scullion said.
“NAIDOC events will be held in communities, schools and workplaces around the country and I encourage all Australians to get involved in their local events.
“The theme for NAIDOC Week 2013 is – We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament.
“The Yolngu People presented the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to Federal Parliament in 1963 seeking recognition of their rights and compensation after mining leases has been granted on their lands. Their efforts were a catalyst for the recognition of Indigenous land rights for all Indigenous Australians.
“NAIDOC, which stands for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, has been operating in its current form since 1975 – a weeklong celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with events at a national, state and local community level.
“I will be attending the 50th anniversary of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions on Wednesday in Arnhem Land.
“I personally want to acknowledge the many fine Indigenous leaders, past and present, that have contributed so much to their people and to the country as a whole,” Senator Scullion said.
Visit http://www.naidoc.org.au for more details on NAIDOC week.
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