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NAIDOC Week rich with colour, ceremony

Date posted: 13 July 2017

International basketball star Patrick Mills, who has reportedly signed a new $65 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs, was named Person of the Year at this year’s national NAIDOC Awards held in Cairns, Queensland (Qld).

Mr Mills was just one of the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievers recognised during NAIDOC Week, which ended on Sunday amid celebrations and awards ceremonies held across Australia.

Mr Mills’ father Benny collected his son’s award on the night.

With a heritage of Muralag from the Torres Strait and Ynunga from South Australia (SA) Mr Mills has used his international profile to promote and raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Others to be recognised on the night included:

The awards, at the Cairns Convention Centre, were attended by about 100 guests. Entertainment included the AustraNeisia and Gondwana Indigenous children’s choirs, Torres Strait Islander dance groups Gerib Sik and Naygayiw Gigi, local band The Nightshift and teen superstar Isaiah Firebrace.

Sydney was announced as the national NAIDOC host city for next year.

Meanwhile, the theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week - Our languages matter carried through celebrations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture around Australia.

In the Northern Territory, the community of Binjari, as part of a Roper Gulf Regional Council Community Development Program, is publishing a series of books in Kriol.

In WA’s north, the Mowanjum community also released a new book, Jirigi jinda ardangarri, burnarri anja, diigu aagala - birds, cataloguing 195 birds in three Indigenous languages: Ungarinyin/Ngarinyin, Worrorra and Wunambal Gaambera.

In Campbelltown in Sydney, New South Wales (NSW), a NAIDOC Week Touch Football competition saw an all-star team of Indigenous players from Fire and Rescue NSW go head-to-head with teams from across the local area, including the NSW Police Campbelltown Local Area Command.

Big companies held special NAIDOC Week events, such as Crown Resorts, which hosted an Elders’ breakfast in Melbourne, Victoria to foster relationships between community leaders and its young employees.

In Perth, students from universities around the world experienced a traditional smoking ceremony and welcome to country at the University of WA.

Source: National Indigenous Times


Last updated: 13 July 2017
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