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What NAIDOC means to me


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19 Jul 2013

The 2013 National NAIDOC Awards were held in Perth last week where 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians were honoured for their outstanding achievements and contributions in their chosen fields.

Funded by the Australian Government, the awards are part of NAIDOC Week, a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians.

We will be featuring a two-part radio program showcasing the awards in the coming weeks.

People at this important event shared what NAIDOC means to them. Have a listen.

PRESENTER: NAIDOC Week celebrations were held across Australia last week to celebrate the history, culture and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Australian Government supported hundreds of events in cities, towns and remote communities, and the National NAIDOC Committee held a fantastic national ball and awards night in Perth.

Here’s what some of the people at the national NAIDOC event had to say about what NAIDOC means to them.

VOX POP 1: It’s a special time for us to celebrate our language, our culture, our heritage; a time for our identity.

VOX POP 2: For me, NAIDOC, it’s a real chance to celebrate our people, our culture, our survival. What I love about the NAIDOC Ball in particular is it’s a chance to really honour some of our unsung community heroes who aren’t always seen in the limelight. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and honour those leaders who have gone before us and also look into the very bright future of Indigenous Australia.

VOX POP 3: I think it’s a coming together of our people from around the country and a great big celebration acknowledging all the people that do the fantastic work in our communities right around the country, and we’re just happy that it’s here in Perth this year.

INTERVIEWER: It’s a big night here tonight, but what does NAIODC mean for you?

VOX POP 4: Well it means a time to celebrate the richness of our culture, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and this fantastic week. It’s been huge and I think it’s getting better every year.

VOX POP 5: Doesn’t matter where you’re from in the country, we’re all the same. We celebrate each other’s achievements. So I think that’s what it means to me.

VOX POP 6: NAIDOC’s an opportunity for us to actually share our culture and we share that with the rest of Australia, so it’s actually a very significant week in the year for us. And here we are tonight celebrating. With our history and knowing what’s happened to Aboriginal people, to actually still be a strong, thriving, growing culture, I think that’s a testament to the resilience of us as a community.

VOX POP 7: Aboriginal recognition, everything we do in the sport and media and business, and just celebrating being us, and celebrating our land and who we are as a people and our culture, and us just getting together and having a good time.

VOX POP 8: NAIDOC to me is really a celebration of life. It’s a celebration of being an Aboriginal person and it’s the one week that we actually get to showcase all of the achievements of individuals and the successes and to really showcase what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can do – there are no limits.

PRESENTER: A NAIDOC radio program of the NAIDOC Awards will be ready soon. In the program we will speak to many of the award recipients, including the winners of the Person of the Year, Youth of the Year, the Male and Female Elders of the Year and the Caring for Country Awards.

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