The history, culture and achievements of First Australians will be celebrated through a $1.4 million Coalition Government grants round that will support events to be held as part of NAIDOC Week activities in July.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said NAIDOC Week provided an opportunity for all Australians to come together to reflect on the enduring identity and unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s history.
“This year’s national NAIDOC theme, Our Languages Matter, focuses on the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages,” Minister Scullion said.
“For First Australians, language is a way of linking people to their land and water and it is how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history has been shared through generations.
“The Coalition recognises the importance of Indigenous language preservation and has committed more than $20 million annually to help preserve Indigenous languages.
“NAIDOC Week events this year will celebrate Indigenous languages and the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Communities will be able to organise NAIDOC activities for everyone to celebrate First Australians.
“The 2017 NAIDOC grants funding round is part of a $1.9 million commitment from the Coalition Government under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy to support NAIDOC celebrations this year.”
NAIDOC Week 2017 will run nationally from 2-9 July. Details about the 2017 NAIDOC grants funding round are available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website. Applications open on 27 March and close on 27 April.