Ten Indigenous Australians and a Caring for Country project were recognised at last night’s National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony for their outstanding contributions to their communities and the nation as a whole.
The awards night was held on the Gold Coast as part of NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion attended the awards night and said each of the award recipients richly deserved their honours.
“The National NAIDOC Awards are presented annually to celebrate the outstanding contribution that Indigenous Australians make to their communities and the nation and I congratulate all of this year’s award winners,” Minister Scullion said.
“The award recipients have excelled in their chosen fields and have demonstrated passion and determination to improve the lives of people in their communities and beyond.”
Minister Scullion said the national theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week was Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond.
“From the warriors in the Frontier Wars to those who have served with honour and pride in Australia’s military conflicts and engagements across the globe, this year’s theme honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country,” Minister Scullion said.
“Hundreds of local community events held were across Australia this week, icluding morning teas, community barbecues, cultural performances, traditional cooking and student activities, showcased the spirit of NAIDOC Week.
“NAIDOC Week is a time for Australians, in their communities, to recognise and reflect on the role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have played in shaping our national identity, to pause and reflect on their sacrifice, and to honour their invaluable contribution to our nation.”
The 2014 National NAIDOC Award recipients are:
- Lifetime Achievement Award – Linda Burney, New South Wales
- Person of the Year – Gracelyn Smallwood, Queensland
- Female Elder of the Year – Patricia O’Connor, Queensland
- Male Elder of the Year – Richard Archibald, New South Wales
- Caring for Country – The Uunguu Healthy Country Project, Western Australia
- Youth of the Year (joint award) – Chern’ee Sutton, Queensland and Amelia Telford, Victoria
- Artist of the Year – Shellie Morris, Northern Territory
- Scholar of the Year – Donisha Duff, Australian Capital Territory
- Apprentice of the Year – Patricia Doolan, New South Wales
- Sportsperson of the Year – Jesse Williams, Queensland
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2014-07-11 NAIDOC awards release Minister Scullion.pdf