Pearce residents encouraged to apply for NAIDOC funding

The history, culture and achievements of First Australians will be celebrated through a $1.4 million Coalition Government grants round that will support events to be held as part of NAIDOC Week activities in July.

The 2017 NAIDOC grants funding round is part of a $1.9 million investment that the Coalition Government has committed to support NAIDOC celebrations this year.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said NAIDOC Week provided an opportunity for people in Pearce to come together to reflect on the enduring identity and unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s history.

“This year’s national NAIDOC theme, Our Languages Matter, focuses on the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages,” Mr Porter said.

“For First Australians, language is a way of linking people to their land and water and it is how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history has been shared through generations.

“The Coalition recognises the importance of Indigenous language preservation and has committed more than $20 million annually to help preserve Indigenous languages.

“NAIDOC Week events this year will celebrate Indigenous languages and the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Organisations in Pearce will be able to stage NAIDOC activities, like community marches, cultural business exhibitions or festivals for everyone to celebrate First Australians.

“I recognise the contribution of Indigenous Australians to our local community and the important place they have in our community’s culture and history.”

NAIDOC Week 2017 will run nationally from 2-9 July. Details about the 2017 NAIDOC grants funding round are available at http://www.dpmc.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/culture-and-capability/naidoc-week-funding

Applications close on 27 April 2017.