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  • Our Languages Matter

    The National NAIDOC Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 National NAIDOC theme - Our Languages Matter

    The 2017 theme aims to  celebrate the essential role that Indigenous languages play in both cultural identity, linking people to their land and water, and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

    The National NAIDOC Committee encourages all Australians to embrace the 2017 National NAIDOC theme and to explore the use of Indigenous languages in their community. Many place names for our suburbs, rivers, mountains and parks have Indigenous language words. Observing and learning about these words will generate greater appreciation and respect for the significance of Indigenous languages among all Australians.

  • The National NAIDOC Committee is pleased to announce that the 2017 National NAIDOC Poster Competition is now open!

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, aged 13 years and over, are encouraged to start working on their entry which must reflect the 2017 National NAIDOC theme - Our Languages MatterThe theme celebrates the essential role that languages play in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and transmission of history through story and song.

    The winning artwork will be used to create the 2017 National NAIDOC Poster which will promote NAIDOC Week 2017 around the country, and attracts a $5000 cash prize.

  • 2016 Naitonal NAIDOC Award Winners

     

    The National NAIDOC Committee encourage you to acknowledge the contribution and talent of an outstanding Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person that you know, by nominating them for a National NAIDOC Award.

     

    There are ten categories to choose from including art, education and training, sport, environment and leadership, and the winners will be announced during NAIDOC Week at the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony in Cairns on Saturday 1 July 2017.

     

    To nominate, complete the nomination form and make sure you answer the Selection Criteria to tell the story of why your nominee deserves to win.

  • The National NAIDOC Committee are pleased to announce tropical Cairns as the 2017 host city for the National NAIDOC Awards!

    The Awards will be held on Saturday 1 July to celebtrate the opening of NAIDOC Week 2017.

    The National NAIDOC Awards was last hosted in Cairns in 2006, congratulations Cairns!

  • For the latest news about celebrating NAIDOC Week, subscribe to the National NAIDOC Newsletter. You will be the first to receive updates about:

    • The NAIDOC Week dates, theme and host city
    • Submitting an artwork in the National NAIDOC Poster Competition
    • Nominating a community member for a National NAIDOC Award
    • Tickets for the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony
    • Ordering the National NAIDOC Poster and merchandise
    • Using the National NAIDOC Logo on your promotional material
    • Funding for local NAIDOC Week activities
    • Local NAIDOC Week calendar of events

NAIDOC Week 2017: 2-9 July

Welcome to the official NAIDOC website.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

We encourage all Australians to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week.

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