NAIDOC Week 2016: share, participate and discover

All Australians are invited to take the time to learn, share and participate in the unique local and national celebrations that will mark NAIDOC Week 2016 (3 - 10 July).

NAIDOC Week - established in 1938 - is the opportunity to proudly acknowledge and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Under this year’s national theme; Songlines - The living narrative of our nation diverse celebrations and activities will be held with immense enthusiasm and pride around Australia - from the remote and regional communities to our urban and metropolitan centres - and we encourage you to find out what is happening in your local area and join in the celebrations.

NAIDOC Week plays a vital role in our nation coming together.

The week is celebrated not just in Indigenous communities but also in government and non-government agencies, schools, universities, local councils, shopping centres, national broadcasters, tourism outlets, by defence forces and emergency services, national airlines and within community organisations.

We hope that through NAIDOC week, Australians of all ages will discover more about the oldest living continuing culture on the planet.

To help you celebrate, free copies of the 2016 National NAIDOC Poster by Wiradjuri Artist Lani Balzan are available through the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Regional Network offices. (Call 1800 079 098 (toll-free) or visit www.indigenous.gov.au to find your closest office.)

The pinnacle of this year’s celebrations is the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony in Darwin on Friday 8 July. Ten Indigenous achievers will be honoured for the outstanding contributions they’ve made within their communities and at a national level across Art and Culture, Sport, Education, Employment, and the Environment.

Live packages of the Ceremony will be broadcast at http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/ with a highlights telecast on NITV at 8.30pm (AEST). A full broadcast will air on NITV on Saturday 16 July at 6.30pm (AEST.)

For more information on NAIDOC Week and to find out more about NAIDOC activities in your local community, please visit www.naidoc.org.au

Media contact: 02 6271 6039 or media@pmc.gov.au