Next 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 the 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, Nigel Scullion, said NAIDOC celebrations provided an opportunity for Australians to get a better understanding and appreciation of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, language and culture.
“The number and quality of grant proposals received this year reflects an ever growing interest in celebrating the vibrant culture of our First Australians,” Minister Scullion said.
“I encourage all Australians to get involved in NAIDOC celebrations in their local community.
“The national theme this year is Our Languages Matter in recognition of the vital role Indigenous languages play in promoting community wellbeing and culture.
“This year’s theme has been beautifully reflected in the NAIDOC poster proudly designed by Wiradjuri woman, Joanne Cassady, that represents some of the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and nations across Australia.”
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 can be found at: www.naidoc.org.au