A TIME TO RECOG­NISE

‘BE­CAUSE OF HER, WE CAN’ IS THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S NAIDOC WEEK

South Burnett Times - - WEEKEND -

NAIDOC stands for “Na­tional Abo­rig­ines and Is­lan­ders Day Ob­ser­vance Com­mit­tee”. The com­mit­tee was once re­spon­si­ble for co-or­di­nat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing a week of com­mem­o­ra­tion of Aus­tralia’s in­dige­nous peo­ples and the acro­nym has stuck.

Each year, a Na­tional NAIDOC Awards Cer­e­mony is held to recog­nise the achieve­ments of Abo­rig­i­nal and Torres Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple across many fields of en­deav­our in­clud­ing com­mu­nity work, en­vi­ron­men­tal care, the arts, sport and academia.

Past win­ners of NAIDOC’s Per­son of the Year award are NBA bas­ket­baller Patty Mills, ed­u­ca­tion­al­ist Chris Sarra, aca­demic Larissa Behrendt, AFL iden­tity Dar­ryl Kick­ett, ac­tor Deb­o­rah Mail­man and sports­man Anthony Mun­dine.

Each NAIDOC Week has a theme. The 2018 theme is “Be­cause of her, we can”, a trib­ute to the role Abo­rig­i­nal and Torres Strait Is­lan­der women play as pil­lars of the com­mu­nity.

Lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties around Aus­tralia or­gan­ise hun­dreds of NAIDOC events. De­tails of many lo­cal cel­e­bra­tions can be found on the NAIDOC web­site at naidoc.org.au.

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