The history, culture and achievements of First Australians will be celebrated through a $1.4million Coalition Government grants round to support events held as part of NAIDOC Week activities in July.
Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said NAIDOC Week (2-9July) provided an opportunity for people in the North to come together to reflect on the enduring identity and unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s history.
“This year’s national NAIDOC theme, Our Languages Matter, focuses on the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages,” Senator Macdonald said.
“For First Australians, language is a way of linking people to their land and water and it is how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history have been shared through generations.”
Senator Macdonald said the Coalition recognises the importance of Indigenous language preservation and has committed more than $20million annually to help preserve Indigenous languages.
“NAIDOC Week events this year will celebrate Indigenous languages and the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Organisations across the north will be able to stage NAIDOC activities, like community marches, cultural business exhibitions or festivals for everyone to celebrate First Australians.
Details about the 2017 NAIDOC grants funding round are available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website at http://www.dpmc.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/culture-and-capability/naidoc-week-funding. Applications are now open, and close on 27 April.