NAIDOC award winners congratulated

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has congratulated all of the winners and finalists of the 2017 NAIDOC Awards, announced at a gala ball held in Cairns on 1 July.


The ball, attended by about 1000 people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across the country, kicked off celebrations for NAIDOC Week, which started on 2 July.


“I was thrilled to attend the National NAIDOC Awards and Ball, which recognised outstanding contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across a number of fields,” Minister Scullion said.


“The NAIDOC 2017 Person of the Year, Patty Mills, is an incredible role model for all Australians, and I congratulate him on receiving this honour.


“NAIDOC Week is a celebration of our Indigenous people that provides an opportunity for Australians from all walks of life to come together to participate in a range of activities and support their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this year’s national NAIDOC Week theme - Our Languages Matter – had special significance in Queensland.


“Languages do matter and that’s why over the coming year my Government is investing $1 million to assist Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to preserve their languages, and promote reconciliation and culture,” the Premier said.


“We’re intensifying our efforts to help communities to pass on languages to future generations because of their importance to Queensland’s diverse Indigenous cultures.


"NAIDOC Week brings together communities to connect with a significant part of our state’s history, culture and ongoing reconciliation journey.”


NAIDOC Week runs from 2-9 July. Information about NAIDOC Week community events can be found on the NAIDOC website.


3 July 2017.