AFLQ to join in NAIDOC Week celebrations

AFL Queensland will join in NAIDOC Week celebrations across the state.

NAIDOC Week 2013, from 7–14 July, is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to join together to recognise the valuable contribution Indigenous people have made to this country.

The National NAIDOC Committee encourages people across the country to embrace the 2013 National NAIDOC Theme – We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963.

This year’s theme was selected by the National NAIDOC Committee to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to Federal Parliament. In 1963 the Yolngu people of northeast Arnhem Land presented the petition framed by traditional bark paintings to seek recognition of rights to their traditional lands on the Gove Peninsula.

National NAIDOC Committee co-chairs Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell said this year’s theme is about valuing the foresight, strength and determination of the Yolngu people who set into motion a long process of legislative and constitutional reforms for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

AFL Queensland and NAIDOC Week celebrations

Thursday July 11 – Lismore  NAIDOC Sports Day

Thursday July 11 – Murri School  NAIDOC dinner

Friday July 12 – Musgrave Park Family Fun Day featuring Brisbane  Lions’ playuer Ash McGrath
Friday July 19 – Stradebroke Island  NAIDOC celebrations at Dunwich SS

Tuesday July 23 – Goori AFL Challenge – Casino West (QEII park). Indigenous students from ten schools will participate participate in an AFL round robin carnival.

For more information on NAIDOC Week visit or contact AFL: Queensland Indigenous Programs Coordinator Jesse Green

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