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Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NAIDOC Week

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

6 July 2015

National NAIDOC Week has begun, with a range of activities around the state and the nation to celebrate the heritage, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.This year’s National NAIDOC Week theme is We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect, and Celebrate.

NAIDOC – the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee – remains as relevant today as it did when Australia’s first people began an annual national celebration of their culture decades ago.

The week presents a great opportunity for everyone to celebrate that Australia is home to the world’s oldest living culture – a fact of which we should all be very proud.

National NAIDOC Week is especially relevant for South Australia this year, as Adelaide is the host city for the annual NAIDOC Awards ceremony at the Convention Centre on Friday night.

National NAIDOC Week in South Australia is also highlighted by the annual presentation of the Gladys Elphick Award, acknowledging the community spirit and work undertaken by an Aboriginal woman. The ceremony will be conducted on Wednesday.

And the Aboriginal Lands Cup football match between APY and Maralinga Tjarutja has also become a tradition of NAIDOC Week in SA, with this year’s match scheduled as the curtain-raiser to Port Adelaide’s clash with Collingwood at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday night.

Other NAIDOC Week activities in South Australia this week include:

  • Aboriginal Health Council of SA Open Day – Wednesday July 8 
  • Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia “Celebrating NAIDOC Week” – Thursday July 9 
  • NAIDOC March and Family Day – Friday July 10 
  • NAIDOC Blue Light Disco – Murray Bridge – Friday July 10

For more information about National NAIDOC Week, go to: