The Federal Government’s support for the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture has continued through funding for NAIDOC Week celebrations across Far North Queensland.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today announced 23 organisations* across Cairns, Cape York and Torres Strait would benefit from the Federal Government’s 2018 NAIDOC Week grants round.
He said NAIDOC Week will be held between 8 and 15 July – with the theme Because of her, we can! – that celebrates the invaluable and continuing contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
“NAIDOC Week is an annual celebration of the histories, rich cultures, outstanding achievements and ongoing contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Mr Entsch said.
“I am thrilled to be able to support local community organisations hold local NAIDOC Week events in communities across Cairns, Cape York, the Torres Strait and everywhere in between.
“I encourage all members of the community to attend a local event to celebrate and learn more about the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples celebrating the oldest continuing culture in the world.”
Mr Entsch said the Federal Government’s $68,200 NAIDOC Week grants package for organisations across FNQ would support a variety of events, including sporting events, cultural showcases, school activities and other community-based events.
“Each year Australians come together to celebrate the significance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and achievements,” he said.
“Local events have a significant role of educating and celebrating NAIDOC week each year and I am glad the Federal Government is able to support these events.
“The Federal Government has been able to deliver these wonderful local initiatives thanks to our strong economic plan for Australia and our responsible management of the budget.”
To find out more about NAIDOC Week visit www.naidoc.org.au