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Government gives away 528 grants as part of NAIDOC celebrations

NAIDOC celebrations kick off to highlight the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Turnbull government have provided 528 grants to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through the 2018 NAIDOC Week grants round.

The $1.4 million worth of grants will support a variety of events in all states and territories, including historical recordings, art workshops and cultural showcases. Other events include a NAIDOC Touch Football Cup and a Koori Cook Off.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said: “The Turnbull government proudly supports NAIDOC Week each year, and I am pleased to announce that a record number of organisations have received funding to celebrate 2018 NAIDOC Week.”

The week will culminate in the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony to recognise the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in their communities.

Many of the 2018 NAIDOC Week’s 528 grant recipients will hold events in honour of the ‘Because of her, we can!’ theme, including the Celebrating Tiwi Women Awards, the Djab Wurrung Women Elders event and a film and portrait exhibition.

“These grants support communities across the country to hold their own events, spreading understanding and pride of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures – the oldest continuing culture in the world,” Scullion said.

The Turnbull government will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women through culturally appropriate and Indigenous-led services delivered through owned and controlled organisations with a $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).

Through the IAS, the government will invest $41 million in women and girls in specific education programmes, more than $140 million in domestic violence prevention and support measures, in addition to $100 million for a Third Action Plan.

The IAS will also fund a range of health and cultural initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The government will partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO.

“NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women – who are strong role models and leaders in their homes, communities and society more broadly,” Scullion said.

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