The theme for National NAIDOC celebrations in 2012 is –
Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on.
Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell, National NAIDOC Committee co-chairs, said this year’s theme, selected by the committee, is about celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and acknowledging the key contributors to its long history.
“In 1972, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy became a powerful symbol of unity. Its founders instilled pride, advanced equality and educated the country on the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Ms Martin said.
NAIDOC Week, from 1–8 July 2012, is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to join together to recognise the valuable contribution Indigenous people make to Australia’s national identity.
Indigenous Australians are encouraged to nominate fellow community members to receive National NAIDOC Awards and submit entries, based on this year’s theme, to the National NAIDOC Poster Competition.
“The National NAIDOC Poster Competition is a great opportunity to showcase upcoming artists on the national stage,” Mr Mitchell said.
The winning entry, which receives a $5000 cash prize, will feature on the 2012 National NAIDOC poster and be displayed across Australia in workplaces, schools and community organisations.
Communities and individuals can also acknowledge the contributions and talents of artists and other outstanding Indigenous individuals by nominating them for a National NAIDOC Award.
There are ten award categories including the prestigious Person of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Winners will be honoured during NAIDOC Week at the premier NAIDOC event, the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony and Ball to be held in Hobart on Friday 6 July 2012.
Entries for the 2012 National NAIDOC Poster Competition close on Friday 30 March.
Nominations for the 2012 National NAIDOC Awards close on Friday 27 April.
For entry forms and more information, visit www.naidoc.org.au or talk to your nearest Indigenous Coordination Centre on 1800 079 098.