Local Aboriginal community groups have received grants from the NSW Government to help fund NAIDOC Week activities, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.
“NAIDOC Week is an important opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the tremendous achievements of Aboriginal people here in the Hunter and right across the country,” Mr MacDonald said.
NAIDOC, National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, will run from 2 – 9 July with the theme is ‘Our Languages, Our Way’.
NAIDOC Week activities in the Hunter that have received grants include:
- Cessnock - Black Creek Aboriginal Corporation, Flag raising ceremony, street parade & Family Fun Day, $1,000
- Cessnock - Youth Off The Streets, A celebration of the Cessnock Aboriginal community’s pride and opportunity to increase awareness, $2,000
- Swansea - Bahtabah Local Aboriginal Land Council, Eastlakes NAIDOC Family Fun Day celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in the East Lakes Community , $3,000
- Lake Macquarie - Westlakes NAIDOC Family Fun Day, event encompasses a march, entertainment, cultural activities and annual community awards., $3,000
- Maitland - Barkuma Neighbourhood Centre, Barkuma Family Fun Day, $2,000
- Newcastle - Awabakal, Newcastle NAIDOC Day, a major NAIDOC celebration in Newcastle , $3,000
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said 116 grants totalling $200,000 is invested in local Aboriginal communities right across NSW for this week of celebration.
“The NSW Government recognises the rich and diverse history of Australia’s first people and these grants assist in showcasing our Aboriginal heritage and identity,” Mrs Mitchell said.
For more information on NADIOC Week 2017 celebrations visit www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au
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