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‘Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud’: National NAIDOC Week theme announced

Callan Morse -

The National NAIDOC Committee has announced the 2024 NAIDOC Week theme as 'Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud'.

The theme honours the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture – with fire a symbol of connection to Country, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair, Steven Satour said this year's theme enables Indigenous peoples in the 21st century.

"'Blak, Loud, and Proud' encapsulates the unapologetic celebration of Indigenous identity, empowering us to stand tall in our heritage and assert our place in the modern world," Mr Satour said.

"This theme calls for a reclamation of our narratives, an amplification of our voices, and an unwavering commitment to justice and equality."

Set to be held nationwide from 7-14 July 2024, NAIDOC Week is Australia's annual celebration which recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair, Aunty Lynette Riley said this year's theme is a clarion call to continued unity and solidarity for all Australians to come together and celebrate.

"The resilience of mob, our shared experiences, collective memories and kinship is a source of tremendous pride," Dr Riley said.

"We honour the flame of the fire, kindling the sparks of pride and unity, igniting a renewed commitment to acknowledging, preserving, and sharing the cultural heritage that enriches our nation."

In conjunction with the theme announcement, the federal government has committed $1.7 million in grants to support local communities and organisations to celebrate 2024 NAIDOC Week and embed the rich and diverse cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

First Nations communities, registered businesses, schools and local governments are encouraged to apply for funding to facilitate an activity or event that directly relates to the 2024 NAIDOC theme.

Activities could include arts based activities, including painting, dancing, crafts and storytelling; family fun days and community activities; cultural and Elders activities; NAIDOC themed sporting activities or competitions, or activities that actively promote reconciliation.

More information about NAIDOC Local Grants, including how to apply is available on the federal government's Grants Connect website.

First beginning in 1975, NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

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