The National NAIDOC Committee and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation are proud to announce that the ABC has been appointed the Official Broadcast and Education Partner of National NAIDOC Week 2023.
The National NAIDOC Committee acknowledges the ABC’s long-time support of National NAIDOC Week which, this year, will run from Sunday 2 July through to Sunday 9 July.
As Official Broadcast Partner, the ABC will telecast the NAIDOC Awards Ceremony live from Meanjin Brisbane from 7.30pm (AEST) on Saturday July 1. The awards will be hosted by the award-winning star of ABC TV’s Mystery Road: Origin, proud Nyikina man, actor, writer, and producer, Mark Coles Smith and multi award-winning singer/songwriter, Casey Donovan. The National NAIDOC Week Award Ceremony will also be available for streaming on ABC iview and will be simulcast on National Indigenous Television (NITV).
ABC Indigenous will lead the ABC’s 2023 National NAIDOC Week campaign, with content divisions across all platforms coming together to celebrate First Nations Excellence with ABC’s national audiences.
Steven Satour, Co-Chair of the National NAIDOC Committee said:
“There is no other week – or celebration – as meaningful as National NAIDOC Week to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The National NAIDOC Week Awards Ceremony is the premiere event of National NAIDOC Week and presents an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on this planet. The National NAIDOC Committee is proud to share this celebration with ABC audiences.”
ABC Managing Director, David Anderson encouraged ABC audiences to join in the celebrations.
“NAIDOC Week is a wonderful opportunity to be involved, learn and celebrate the continued history, culture, excellence and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the country,” Mr Anderson said.
“We’re delighted to be the official NAIDOC 2023 Broadcast and Education Partner and we want to ensure National NAIDOC Week is not only part of the national conversation but a universally celebrated part of this country’s identity.”
ABC Education will also produce a downloadable resource for teachers, created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait educators at Culture is Life in collaboration with National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair and highly respected educator, Dr Lynette Riley. This resource will focus on this year’s National NAIDOC Week Theme, For Our Elders, and will also be distributed as a printed resource by the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA).
“I have been involved in developing these educational resources for many years, and this year we have a unique opportunity to educate the wider community about the role of our Elders. The theme For Our Elders is particularly pertinent as our Elders have guided us to the present day and continue to play a very important role in our communities. These educational resources will not only provide exemplary lessons but will also develop student and teacher skills so that they continue their life-long learning and create change in the Australian community.”
In addition to the themed resource, teachers will have access to the range of resources from ABC Kids Listen, Behind the News and the education collection on ABC iview.
ABC’s Head of Indigenous, Kelrick Martin, said the new partnership gave the national broadcaster even greater opportunities to tell a wider range of stories for, by and about Indigenous Australians.
“Our Indigenous content makers will be leading the conversations and working with their ABC colleagues around the country to produce our largest ever NAIDOC Week program which includes specially commissioned content for ABC TV, ABC Radio, ABC digital and ABC iview.”
The ABC will release its full NAIDOC Week content schedule in coming weeks.