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Awards and Celebrations for NAIDOC This July

Welcome to the Torres Strait Islander Community News! This is a blog post highlighting all the latest news and events in our community. What’s happening in society? What new government policies will affect us?

As we edge closer to June and July, one exciting event that will steal the headlines is NAIDOC Week 2022. NAIDOC Week is a time when the whole community comes together to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is ‘Get up! Stand up! Show up!’.

There are many events planned for NAIDOC week, so make sure you check out your local council website or social media page for more information. Originally launched back in the 1950s, NAIDOC Week has become one of the most important events on the Australian calendar.

This year will be extra special as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Tent Embassy. The Tent Embassy was established in 1972 to protest against the Whitlam government’s refusal to recognise Aboriginal land rights. It quickly became a powerful symbol of Aboriginal sovereignty and still plays an important role in Aboriginal politics today.

NAIDOC week is a great time to come together and celebrate the culture and history of Torres Strait Islander peoples while also progressing toward a brighter future for all.

NAIDOC and Aboriginal Indigenous Culture

Aboriginal indigenous culture is also a critical theme during NAIDOC Week. Celebrations will be held all over the country to mark the occasion, with many events and activities open to everyone. This is an important time for all Australians to learn about and celebrate the unique cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Torres Strait Islander and aboriginal indigenous people have a rich culture and history that is unique in Australia. Rather than always looking back, the theme this year is designed to reward forward-thinking in the community. The idea is to celebrate those leading change structurally, institutionally, and cooperatively.

As part of the celebrations, many awards will be given to ordinary but special members of the community. The National NAIDOC Awards in 2022 include a new category – the Lifetime Achievement Award. This is in recognition of the outstanding achievements and significant contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during their lifetime.

In addition, several important changes have been made to the rules governing the Awards this year. These changes have been made in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia and are designed to make the Awards more accessible and inclusive for all members of the community.

The changes include:

  • The introduction of an online nominations process
  • The extension of eligibility to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, regardless of age or gender
  • The removal of restrictions on the number of nominations that can be submitted by each organisation or individual

Other awards given during the ceremony are Person Award, Youth Award, Sportsperson Award, Male Elder Award, Female Elder Award, Education Award, Innovation Award, Creative Talent Award, and more.

Additionally, NAIDOC has held a poster competition for all those over 13 years of age. The winner will receive two tickets to the award celebrations, the poster itself will be the official poster of NAIDOC Week, and there’s also a $10,000 prize.

If you want to get involved in NAIDOC Week this year, there are plenty of ways to do so. Check out the NAIDOC website to find an event near you or get involved in your local community. If you know someone who deserves recognition for their work in the Indigenous community, make sure to nominate them for an award.

Let’s come together and celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait and Aboriginal peoples.

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