On behalf of Australian Labor, we congratulate the recipients of this year’s NAIDOC Awards.
The NAIDOC Awards are an annual celebration of extraordinary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who have made a difference for their people, their communities and their country.
The NAIDOC Awards recognises the contributions of young Indigenous Australians, students, scholars, artists, sportspeople and elders.
All award winners have demonstrated excellence in their field, improved the lives of others, made a contribution to important public issues, or inspired their peers.
The theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week is “Our Languages Matter” – shining a spotlight on the significance of Indigenous languages to people’s cultural identity and community.
Many Indigenous languages have been lost to history, and many are at risk of being lost. This year NAIDOC is highlighting the programs and groups all across the country working to promote, preserve and protect Indigenous languages.
NAIDOC Week runs from 2 to 9 July. You can find out about events in your community by visiting www.naidoc.org.au
Labor thanks the National NAIDOC Committee for another wonderful week of celebration, reflection and activism.
2017 NAIDOC AWARD WINNERS
Dianne Ryder (WA) – Lifetime Achievement Award winner
Patrick Mills (QLD/SA) – Person of the Year
Faye Carr (QLD) – Female Elder of the Year
Ollie George (WA) – Male Elder of the Year
Latia Schefe (QLD) – Youth of the Year
Amanda Reid (NSW) – Sportsperson of the Year
Sharee Yamashita (QLD) – Apprentice of the Year
Elverina Johnson (QLD) – Artist of the Year
Dr James Charles (SA) – Scholar of the Year
Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council Aboriginal Corporation (QLD) – Caring for Country Award winner
SUNDAY, 2 JULY 2017