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NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields. NAIDOC stands for the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee.
Activities take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week in the first full week of July, which this year will be from 4 to 11 July. All Australians are encouraged to participate.
The 2010 National NAIDOC theme is 'Unsung heroes - Closing the Gap by leading their way'. Many unsung Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made huge contributions to Australian society, both now and in the past. These 'unsung heroes' lead by taking their own paths, and in doing so, help other Indigenous people set their own direction for the future. The theme emphasises Indigenous ownership of 'closing the gap', including the gap in health expectancy, but also the gaps in knowledge and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
At the end of every NAIDOC Week, the National NAIDOC Awards are announced at a ceremony and ball held in the national focus city. This year the NAIDOC ball will take place on Friday 9 July in Melbourne.
The annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions that Indigenous Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people in their communities and beyond; to promote Indigenous issues in the wider community; or the excellence they have shown in a specific field. There are awards in ten different categories, covering a diverse range of fields and talents.
This year's awards winners are:
Secretariat for the National NAIDOC Committee
Canberra Mail Centre, ACT 2610