Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has congratulated all of the winners and finalists of the 2017 NAIDOC Awards, announced at a gala ball held in Cairns last night.
The ball, attended by about 1000 people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across the country, kicked off celebrations for NAIDOC Week, which starts today.
“I was thrilled to attend the National NAIDOC Awards and Ball, which recognised outstanding contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across a number of fields,” Minister Scullion said.
“The NAIDOC 2017 Person of the Year, Patty Mills, is an incredible role model for all Australians, and I congratulate him on receiving this honour.
“NAIDOC Week is a celebration of our Indigenous people that provides an opportunity for Australians from all walks of life to come together to participate in a range of activities and support their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
“The Coalition Government has provided a $1.9 million commitment to support this year’s NAIDOC celebrations, which included a $1.4 million grants round to support community events.”
The national NAIDOC theme this year is Our Languages Matter in recognition of the vital role Indigenous languages play in promoting community wellbeing and culture.
NAIDOC Week runs from 2-9 July. Information about NAIDOC Week community events can be found on the NAIDOC website.