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Nominations for the 2012 National NAIDOC Awards closed on Friday 27 April.

Award recipients will be honoured during NAIDOC Week at the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony and Ball to be held in Hobart on Friday 6 July.

The National NAIDOC Awards celebrate vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, recognise inspirational award winners and showcase high profile Indigenous entertainers.

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. 

This year’s theme was selected by the National NAIDOC Committee to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and acknowledge the key contributors to its long history. Read the full story at: 2012 National NAIDOC Week theme announced

The 2012 National NAIDOC Poster Competition has now closed but you will be able to order the winning 2012 National NAIDOC Poster soon!

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Visit the Poster Gallery to see the past NAIDOC posters.

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Get ready for exciting announcements coming soon!

We are proud to announce that Hobart, Tasmania will be the focus city for national NAIDOC celebrations in 2012.

NAIDOC Week 2012 will be held from 1–8 July.

Statement by National NAIDOC Committee co-chairpersons Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell

The National NAIDOC Awards pay tribute to the outstanding contributions that Indigenous individuals make to their communities, to their chosen fields of endeavour and to broader Australian society.

The National NAIDOC Committee received a flood of nominations from across the country, making the selection of this year’s award winners a challenging but inspiring task.

On behalf of the National NAIDOC Committee, it is with great pleasure that we announce the 2010 National NAIDOC Award winners.

The National NAIDOC Awards pay tribute to the outstanding contributions that Indigenous individuals make to their communities, to their chosen fields of endeavour and to broader Australian society.

2010 is the first year for a new award–the National NAIDOC Caring for Country Award–which recognises the amazing contribution Indigenous Australians make in looking after our land and tackling environmental problems.

An Indigenous artist from Mt Isa in North-West Queensland has won the prestigious national NAIDOC Poster Competition for 2010.

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and National NAIDOC Committee Co-chairs Anne Martin and Ben Mitchell, announced today that Sheree Blackley’s artwork Unsung Heroes – Leading Through Example won the competition.

Ms Macklin said Ms Blackley would receive $5000 and her artwork would be used to publicise NAIDOC Week from 4-11 July.

The contribution made by Indigenous Australians to the conservation of the Australian environment will be recognised in NAIDOC Week celebrations later this year.

A new award category, the Caring for Country Award, has been included by the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC).

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, said the new award would highlight the dedication and hard work of many Indigenous Australians in the preservation of Australia’s unique plant and animal life.

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