Nominate now for the National NAIDOC Awards

National NAIDOC Committee Media Release - Nominate now for the National NAIDOC Awards

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to come together to recognise the valuable contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make to this country.

This year, NAIDOC Week will be held from 6-13 July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Indigenous peoples. The 2014 National NAIDOC Awards will be announced at a ceremony on the Gold Coast.

The National NAIDOC Awards recognise Indigenous artists, scholars, sportspeople, elders and community members and highlights their commitments and contributions.

Nominating someone for a National NAIDOC Award is a great chance to acknowledge an outstanding and talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person.

There are 10 categories to choose from: Lifetime Achievement Award, Person of the Year, Female Elder of the Year, Male Elder of the Year, Caring for Country Award, Youth of the Year, Artist of the Year, Scholar of the Year, Apprentice of the Year and Sportsperson of the Year.

National NAIDOC Committee co-chairs Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell are calling on communities around the country to nominate inspirational leaders, talented sportspeople, creative artists, academics and apprentices, community members, elders and environmentalists.

“Being nominated for a National NAIDOC Award is a real honour and it’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase all of our successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Mr Mitchell said.

“For a lot of people in our community, the highlight of NAIDOC Week is coming to the National NAIDOC Awards. Everyone is really proud of all the award nominees and winners. It’s really special to be given national recognition for their commitment within their nominated field,” Ms Martin said.

Nominations for the 2014 National NAIDOC Awards close on Wednesday 23 April.

For entry forms and more information, visit www.naidoc.org.au or talk to your nearest Indigenous Coordination Centre on 1800 079 098, except in Nhulunbuy area (call 1800 089 148) Kalgoorlie area (call 1800 193 357) and Kununurra area (call 1800 193 348).