Councils receive federal funding for NAIDOC Week events

The Australian Government’s NAIDOC local grants round supports communities to celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week.

This year the Australian Government has funded 528 organisations to deliver NAIDOC Week events in communities across the country. These included a NAIDOC Touch Football Cup, historical recordings, art workshops, and cultural showcases and a Koori Cook Off.

Local government recipients of the 2018 grant round included Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council in NSW, Carpentaria Shire Council in QLD, City of Vincent in WA and Mitchell Shire Council in VIC, among many others. Details of the grants are published on Grants Connect.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion, said: “These grants support communities across the country to hold their own events, spreading understanding and pride of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures – the oldest continuing culture in the world.

“Many of the 2018 NAIDOC Week grant recipients will hold events in honour of the theme, including the Celebrating Tiwi Women Awards, the Djab Wurrung Women Elders event in Budja Budja, Victoria and a women’s story telling film and portrait exhibition project in Ballarat.

“The week will culminate in the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony, held in Sydney on 13 July to recognise the outstanding contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their communities and beyond.”

NAIDOC Week is being held from 8-15 July, with the theme ‘Because of her, we can’, which celebrates the invaluable and continuing contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

To find out more about NAIDOC week events in your community or share your event please visit the NAIDOC website.