The Grey electorate will celebrate NAIDOC Week with the assistance of more than $74,000 in Federal Government grants.
NAIDOC Week celebrations this week will highlight the history, rich culture and the outstanding achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the 2018 theme highlighted the past and present contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
This year, ten organisations in the Grey electorate received Federal Government grants from the NAIDOC Week grants round – totalling $74,791.
“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,” Mr Ramsey 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 NAIDOC Week this year.
The grants in Grey will support a variety of events;
· Community women leading story telling with traditional food gathering and preparation with the Oak Valley (Maralinga) Aboriginal Corporation ($1,800)
· A week of celebration including a church service at Ceduna ($15,000)
· The opportunity for the Yalata youth to attend NAIDOC celebrations at Ceduna and Koonibba ($8088)
· A short video of key Arabana Women in Leadership ($2,000)
· Support to run classroom-based art activities at Coober Pedy Area School ($4,000)
· A Youth NAIDOC Ball acknowledging young indigenous leaders in the Coober Pedy community ($4,253)
· A bush food cooking trip, cultural art competition and sport event promoted by the Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation ($8,500)
· A week of celebration through music, dance, storytelling and art including a blessing service and awards ceremony at Port Augusta ($13,000)
· The Pika Wiya Health Service Aboriginal Community at annual fun day at Port Augusta which brings together the indigenous community, staff and partner services ($6,000)
· A celebration of NAIDOC Week and Aboriginal culture including a bush tucker and kangaroo sausage lunch at Crystal Brook Primary School ($3,000)
· A local women flag raising ceremony, street march and performances to celebrate the week in Port Pirie ($4,000)
· Point Pearce’s NAIDOC event which will honor the 150 years since the founding of the community and the strong women who continue to lead it today on Yorke Peninsula ($2,950)
· An opportunity for students at the Moonta Area School to learn more about culture, identity and connectedness whilst participating in a range of activities ($2,200)
Mr Ramsey said the grants supported 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.
To find out more about NAIDOC Week and events in your community, visit naidoc.org.au.
Contact: Kendall Jackson (08)8633 1744