Grants for events celebrating the history, culture and accomplishments of Aboriginal people are now open.
Penrith MP Stuart Ayres has encouraged grassroots organisations apply for a share of the $200,000 in grants to hold local events during NAIDOC Week 2017.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, and NAIDOC Week will run from July 2 to 9 this year.
The national theme this year is ‘Our Languages Matter’, highlighting the importance of growing and sharing Aboriginal languages. NSW is linguistically diverse with more than 35 Aboriginal languages - all currently critically endangered.
“We have a number of active local Aboriginal groups in Penrith and I encourage them to consider applying for a grant and hold an event to celebrate our Aboriginal communities’ strengths and achievements,” he said in a statement.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Sarah Mitchell said NAIDOC Week was an opportunity for all in NSW to get together and celebrate the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the community.
“This year NSW will become the first state in the nation to introduce legislation to recognise and protect Aboriginal languages, as well as establishing a Centre for Aboriginal Languages of NSW to support community-led revival efforts,” Mrs Mitchell said.
Grant applications are open through to April 27. Not-for-profit community groups are encouraged to apply via www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au.