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Maggie-Jean Douglas with the winning poster

Gubbi Gubbi artist wins coveted NAIDOC Poster competition

05/05/2021 | Poster
Maggie-Jean Douglas - a Gubbi Gubbi artist from South East Queensland - is the winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC poster competition for 2021.
Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas

Maggie-Jean Douglas wins 2021 National NAIDOC Poster Competition

05/05/2021 | Poster
Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas has won the 2021 National NAIDOC Poster competition from a record 260 entries. Maggie-Jean describes herself as ‘a proud murri’. Her mob is Gubbi Gubbi from the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland though she grew up on Goreng Goreng Country and has been living on Ngunnawal Country for the past three years. Maggie-Jean has always ‘had an appreciation for anything that involved creating’ and her earliest memories of being inspired by art came from her Aunty’s artworks.
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP holding the 2020 NAIDOC Poster with the artist, Tyrown Waigana

2020 NAIDOC Poster Winner honoured

30/04/2021 | Poster
2020 NAIDOC Week poster competition winner Tyrown Waigana was recently presented with a framed version of his poster design by Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt MP in small ceremony in Perth. The framed version of the poster is traditionally presented to the winner of the NAIDOC Week poster competition during the National NAIDOC Awards. This presentation did not go ahead in 2020 due to the event's cancellation.
Save the Date! National NAIDOC Awards 2021

National NAIDOC Awards in Alice Springs to kickstart a week of celebration

28/04/2021 | Awards
The National NAIDOC Committee (NNC) will proudly host the National NAIDOC Awards at the Alice Springs Convention Centre on Saturday 3 July. Mparntwe (Alice Springs) is the focus of the national celebrations from 4–11 July. The Awards, originally scheduled to be held in Alice Springs in 2020, were cancelled due to COVID-19.
Michelle Tuahine

Tuahine joins National NAIDOC

28/04/2021 | Committee
First Nations media veteran Michelle Tuahine has been appointed to the National NAIDOC Committee (NNC). Ms Tuahine is a proud descendant of the Gangulu people of Central Queensland and Ngāti Kahungunu iwi of New Zealand’s North Island. A veteran of Indigenous media, Ms Tuahine brings to the committee strong journalistic skills, having worked in the 1990s with ABC Television and in the mid-2000s with NITV, SBS and the National Indigenous Radio Service.
Shannan Dodson

Shannan Dodson elected as NAIDOC Co-Chair

28/04/2021 | Committee
The National NAIDOC Committee (NNC) has elected Yawuru woman Shannan Dodson as its new Co-Chair. Ms Dodson succeeds Patricia Thompson who has stepped down from the Co-Chair role because of family commitments. Born in Katherine in the Northern Territory and currently living in Sydney, Ms Dodson has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for over 16 years and a strategic communications and engagement specialist.
NAIDOC Award Nominations extended to 29 March 2021

Nominations extended for 2021 NAIDOC Awards

19/03/2021 | Awards
Nominations for the 2021 National NAIDOC Awards have been extended until 5pm AEDT, Monday 29 March 2021. The National NAIDOC awards recognise the outstanding contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year’s ceremony will include the 2020 and 2021 awards due to the cancellation of the 2020 awards last year. People are encouraged to nominate individuals and groups who go above and beyond to improve the lives of First Nations people in their communities, promote Indigenous issues in the wider community or show excellence in their chosen field.
Health Country! 4-11 July 2021

National NAIDOC 2021 Poster Competition and Award nominations

02/02/2021 | Poster
The National NAIDOC Committee invites entries from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists for the National NAIDOC Poster Competition reflecting and capturing the 2021 theme: Heal Country!
Health Country! 4-11 July 2021

2021 NAIDOC Week theme announced: Heal Country!

20/01/2021 | Theme
The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.
2020 NAIDOC Week Poster Winner 'Shape of Land' Tyrown Waigana

Tyrown Waigana – Winner of the 2020 NAIDOC Poster Competition

09/11/2020 | Poster
Proud Noongar and Saibai Islander man, Tyrown Waigana is the winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC poster competition for 2020. His artwork, ‘Shape of Land’, illustrates this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ as it shows the Rainbow Serpent coming out of the Dreamtime to create this country.
openshop partners with NAIDOC Week 2020

openshop collaboration creates a television first for NAIDOC Week

06/11/2020 | Theme
In an Australian television first, openshop has partnered with National NAIDOC during NAIDOC Week 2020 to promote and celebrate Indigenous businesses. Channel 75’s openshop will host a special NAIDOC Week show at 1.30pm AEDT on Friday 13 November that will feature a range of diverse products from a collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and entrepreneurs.
Facebook partners with NAIDOC Week 2020

Facebook and Instagram partnership boosts national reach of Celebrations for NAIDOC Week

06/11/2020 | Theme
NAIDOC has partnered with Facebook Australia to launch new tools and initiatives to celebrate Indigenous people, stories, and businesses for NAIDOC Week 2020. Starting 8th November across Facebook and Instagram, Australians will be empowered to connect with this year’s ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ theme and with Indigenous-designed tools, creators, and businesses. In welcoming the partnership, National NAIDOC Co Chair, John Paul Janke said it was an exciting opportunity to expand the reach and footprint of NAIDOC Week like never before.