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2024 National NAIDOC Week Award Finalists

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The National NAIDOC Committee is thrilled to announce the finalists for this year's National NAIDOC Week Awards!

NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair, Dr Aunty Lynette Riley recalls, “when I think back to the first calls to arms by our old people to challenge the Centennial Celebrations and to let the world know we have survived and held our ground for sovereignty in this Country, I know they knew the struggles were just starting and would continue for many generations. The people who have been nominated and recognised as finalists in all our NAIDOC categories, epitomise the ongoing fight for rights and demonstrate our ongoing excellence. I am in awe of all our people’s strengths, perseverance and congratulate them all for ‘Keeping the Fires Burning’”.

After a careful consideration of numerous outstanding nominations, these exceptional individuals have been chosen to represent the values of NAIDOC, a week-long celebration that proudly showcases the achievements and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across the country.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

  • Aunty Dulcie Flower

Person Award Finalist

  • Muriel Bamblett
  • Georgia Weir
  • Bianca Brackenridge

Female Elder Award Finalist

  • Aunty Flo Watson
  • Aunty Glendra Stubbs
  • Aunty Millie Ingram 

Male Elder Award Finalist

  • Uncle Dr John Binda Reid
  • Mr Kim Collard – Balladong/Wadjuk Elder of the Noongar Nation
  • Uncle Klynton Wanganeen

Youth Award Finalist

  • Dante Rodrigues
  • Piper Stewart
  • Ieyesha Roberts

Innovation Award Finalist

  • Tui Nolan
  • Narelle Henry
  • Common Ground First Nations

Education Award Finalist

  • Shelley Ware
  • Dr Stacey Kim Coates
  • Warlpiri Education and Training Trust

Creative Talent Award Finalist

  • Colleen Tighe Johnson
  • Graham Akhurst
  • Naarah

Sportsperson Award Finalist

  • Alex Winwood
  • Bailey O’Neil
  • Natasha Leslie

Caring for Country and Culture Award Finalist

  • Dr Theoni (Tia) Whyman
  • Aunty Fran Bodkin
  • Alick Tipoti

This year’s National NAIDOC Week Award winners will be announced at the National NAIDOC Week Awards Ceremony on Saturday 6 July 2024 in Tarndanya (Adelaide) on Kaurna Yerta (Country).

We invite everyone to join us in celebrating the 2024 National NAIDOC Week Award finalists.

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We acknowledge all First Peoples of the beautiful lands on which we live and celebrate their enduring knowledge and connections to Country. We honour the wisdom of and pay respect to Elders past and present.