The history, culture and achievements of First Australians will be celebrated through a $1.4 million Federal Government grants round that will support events to be held as part of NAIDOC Week activities in July 2017.
Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said NAIDOC Week provided an opportunity for all Australians to come together to reflect on the enduring identity and unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s history.
“2017’s national NAIDOC theme, Our Languages Matter, focuses on the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages,” Federal Minister Scullion 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 has been shared through generations.
“The Federal Government recognises the importance of Indigenous language preservation and has committed more than $20 million annually to help preserve Indigenous languages.
“NAIDOC Week events in 2017 will celebrate Indigenous languages and the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Communities will be able to organise NAIDOC activities for everyone to celebrate First Australians.
“The 2017 NAIDOC grants funding round is part of a $1.9 million commitment from the Federal Government under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy to support NAIDOC celebrations in 2017.”
NAIDOC Week 2017 will run nationally from 2-9 July 2017.