NAIDOC Week 2017

 

The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

NAIDOC Week 2017

Sun July 2, 2017 – Sat July 8, 2017

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NAIDOC stands for ‘National Aboriginal and Islanders Day of Observance Committee’. NAIDOC week has been celebrated annually since 1957 and runs for the first week of July. Since 1972, NAIDOC week posters have been used to help you celebrate NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC Week 2017 aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.

2017 National NAIDOC Awards at the Cairns Convention Centre – SOLD OUT

To kick off NAIDOC Week, the 2017 National NAIDOC Awards will be announced at a black tie ceremony and ball. These 10 Awards are an opportunity to recognise the outstanding contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people, promote issues in the wider community, or the excellence they’ve shown in their chosen field.

Sheridan Street & Wharf Street
Cairns City, QLD 4870
Sat July 1, 2017 6:00PM

Image Copyright: rafaelbenari / 123RF Stock Photo

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