NAIDOC Week is almost upon us again, with many activities and events to be held across Australia. NAIDOC Week 2017 will begin on July 2nd, with the theme “Our Languages Matter”. The important awards ceremony will be held in this year’s host city, Cairns, however you can get involved all over the country.
Hundreds of people have gathered to witness the unveiling of a nine-metre mural in Shepparton depicting prominent Yorta Yorta men, Sir Douglas Nicholls and William Cooper.
The mural is part of an ongoing Aboriginal Street Art project to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous people to life in Shepparton. This is a great way to remember and pay tribute to such important figures in our history.
Following months of discussion, 250 delegates have, at the base of Uluru, made a historic statement for the future of Indigenous affairs in Australia. In the milestone year of 2017 – 50 years after the 1967 Referendum – the First Nations National Constitutional Convention has culminated in calls for Makarrata, the coming together after a struggle.
Yarra City Council is working with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to develop a Stolen Generations Marker in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. The artwork and surrounding garden will pay tribute to stolen generations and their families; it will serve as a reminder of the continuing impacts of past racist government policies.
On Friday April 28 the Treaty Forum bought people from all over Victoria together. The Victorian Government committed $28.5M towards treaty discussions over 4 years. It has been announced that $16M will be used to fund a representative body as well as further community consultations and planning. Remaining funds will be used for the resulting treaty process itself.
The UN has criticised Australia's high number of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the prison system. Despite the fact that this nation's First People make up only 3% of the population, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are 17 times more likely to be involved in the justice system than their peers
Researchers have unearthed proof of the geographic diversity of Aboriginal people prior to European arrival. A study conducted by the University of Adelaide tested historic hair samples, and found that once migrating 50,000 years ago, Aboriginal people spread quickly around the west and east coasts of Australia.
The 2017 Close the Gap Report was released on the 14th of February, 11 year after the campaign began.
Since the Redfern Statement was released in June of last year pressure has been mounting on Prime Minister Turnbull to explain his stance on the future of Australia's First Peoples.
2016 Reconciliation Group Writing Competition, open to all Victorians! Entries close 16 September 2016.
We hope you're looking forward to NAIDOC week, which starts tomorrow, Sunday July 3rd!
There have already been some incredible events happening, including flag-raising ceremonies, smoking ceremonies, marches, galas, art exhibitions and more!
We've put together a list of some of the events happening in the next few weeks that stood out as potential highlights and/or widely accessible to as many people as possible. The list includes events happening in both regional and metropolitan Victoria.
While not all local councils are on our list, it is very easy to find out what's going on locally for you by going to your local council's website. Most, if not all, will have some great information about NAIDOC events coming up!
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