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7 July - 14 July 2013
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2013 is We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963.
This year’s theme proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament.
In August 1963, the Yolngu people of Yirrkala in northeast Arnhem Land sent two bark petitions – framed by traditional ochre paintings of clan designs – to the Australian House of Representatives.
The petitions protested the Commonwealth’s granting of mining rights on land excised from Arnhem Land reserve and sought the recognition by the Australian Parliament of the Yolngu peoples’ traditional rights and ownership of their lands.
If you would like to know more, read on for a comprehensive insight into the Petitions
Sunday 7 July 2013
This year's NAIDOC on the Peninsula 2013, organised by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) will take place from 10.30am - 3.30pm on Sunday 7 July on the AIATSIS forecourt on the Acton Peninsula.
Monday 8 July 2013
ACT Government Flag Raising Ceremony - 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Start in the Theo Notaras Centre Multicultural Centre Function Room, 180 London Circuit, Civic then to Civic Square for the flag raising.
This year the Flags will be raised by:
- Ms Dewani Bakkum, CEO of the Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT, will be raising the Australian Flag;
- Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, will be raising the ACT Flag;
- Mr Rod Little (Chair of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body representing the ACT Aboriginal community), will be raising the Aboriginal Flag; and
- Ms Samantha Faulkner (Member of the ACT Torres Strait Islander Community), will be raising the Torres Strait Islander Flag.