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2014 NAIDOC Week theme announced

Monday, 17 February 2014

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The National NAIDOC Committee encourages people across the country to embrace the 2014 National NAIDOC theme – Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond.

This year’s theme was selected by the National NAIDOC Committee to honour all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country.

National NAIDOC Committee co-chairs Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell said this year’s theme is about proudly highlighting and recognising the role they have played in shaping the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity and pausing to reflect on their sacrifice.

“This is about our warriors in the Frontier Wars to our warriors who have served with honour and pride in Australia’s military conflicts and engagements across the globe,” Ms Martin said.

“We wanted to celebrate and honour their priceless contribution to our nation,” Mr Mitchell said.

NAIDOC Week 2014, from Sunday, 6 to Sunday, 13 July, is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to join together to recognise the valuable contribution Indigenous people have made to this country.

Indigenous Australians are encouraged to enter the 2014 National NAIDOC Poster Competition and nominate fellow community members to receive National NAIDOC Awards.

Indigenous artists can now start working on entries for the National NAIDOC Poster Competition which reflects this year’s NAIDOC theme. The winning entry attracts a $5000 cash prize and will feature on the 2014 National NAIDOC poster and be displayed across Australia in workplaces, schools and community organisations.

The Poster Competition closes on Friday, 28 March.

Nominating someone for a National NAIDOC Award is a great chance to acknowledge the contributions and talents of outstanding Indigenous individuals. There are ten categories to choose from including the prestigious Person of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Winners will be honoured during NAIDOC Week at the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony on the Gold Coast.

Nominations for the 2014 National NAIDOC Awards close on Wednesday, 23 April.

For entry forms and more information, visit the National NAIDOC website or talk to your nearest Indigenous Coordination Centre on 1800 079 098.

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