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3 July 10 July AEST

Here is an important announcement from the National NAIDOC Committee:

The National NAIDOC Committee has decided to postpone NAIDOC Week 2020 (5 July – 12 July) in the interest of safety for our communities. This decision was not taken lightly.

We have taken on-board the advice from the Federal Government, health experts, our key partners and from leading national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations.

We all believe that an escalating COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis as we head into winter would have disastrous impacts on our mob – especially for our elders and those in our communities with chronic health issues.

The National NAIDOC Awards scheduled for Saturday 11 July in Alice Springs will not go ahead as planned.  

We have suspended the nomination process for the National NAIDOC Awards 2020 and announcement of the winner of the poster competition until further notice. The 2020 NAIDOC Local Grants Round has also been closed until further notice.

We are in the process of finalising a new date for NAIDOC Week 2020  – towards the end of the year  – and we’ll continue to work closely with the National Indigenous Australians Agency and our partners for NAIDOC Week 2020.

We will keep you updated.

National NAIDOC Committee

The NAIDOC 2020 theme, Always Was, Always Will Be, recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. This is also a great time to get in touch with your local Aboriginal Catholic Ministry or to check out NATSICCTV to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences, perspectives and contributions to life of the Church here.