This week is NAIDOC week – an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
To mark the significance of NAIDOC week, the Coalition Government has provided $1.4 million in grants to support community events across the nation that celebrate our First Australians.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said he was pleased to see the Territory had received $214,734 from the Coalition Government to support NAIDOC celebrations.
Minister Scullion congratulated all the Territory organisations on their successful applications in support of NAIDOC celebrations across the NT this week – from the Top End to the Centre.
“I encourage all local residents to get involved in these events to celebrate our local Indigenous community,” he said.
“NAIDOC events are a great opportunity for people to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the richness and diversity of Indigenous art, language and culture.”
The Coalition Government is proud to protect, preserve and celebrate Indigenous languages as part of the living story of our shared history and committed an additional $10 million to support this last year.
This investment builds on the $20 million allocated each year under the Indigenous Languages and Arts programme that aims to address the erosion of an estimated 250 original Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and more than 600 dialects.
NAIDOC Week runs from 2-9 July. Information about NAIDOC Week community events near you can be found at: www.naidoc.org.au