Indigenous Events

There are two significant Indigenous events that we promote and celebrate at Inner West Council. They are:

  • NAIDOC Week
  • Pauline McLeod Awards for Reconciliation

NAIDOC

NAIDOC Week celebrates the survival of Aboriginal culture and the contribution to modern Australia. All Australians are encouraged to participate in NAIDOC Week activities.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

NAIDOC is held the first week of July each year.

Pauline McLeod Awards for Reconciliation

The Pauline McLeod Awards aim to recognise “silent achievers” who have worked diligently in promoting Reconciliation through selfless acts. They may be your neighbours, work colleagues, family members or acquaintances. They will have one thing in common, and that is their desire to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Reconciliation can be meaningful when the smallest gesture is performed including:

  • holding an activity or event with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples
  • forming a touch footy club
  • holding regular morning teas in the community
  • providing equal employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Awards also include the High School Short Film Competition and Primary School Art Competition.

Nominate for the awards

Nominate an individual or organisation in the region that has demonstrated their commitment to Reconciliation over the past year.

Nominees must either live, work or study within the local government areas of Bayside, City of Sydney, Inner West, Randwick, Waverley or Woollahra. 

Nominees can be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, or non-Indigenous

There are two Award categories:

  • The Pauline McLeod Youth Award
    Open to individuals 12 – 24 years old or groups consisting of young people in that age group
  • The Pauline McLeod Award
    Open to individuals of any age and all other groups and organisations.

To nominate complete the form below:

Pauline McLeod Awards Nomination Form 2019  (DOCX 153.8KB)
Pauline McLeod Awards Nomination Form 2019 (PDF 136.2KB)

And email or post to:

sarah.melody@woollahra.nsw.gov.au

Sarah Melody
PO Box 61
Double Bay NSW 1360

Winners will be presented awards at the Pauline McLeod Award Ceremony which will be held during Reconciliation Week, at Woollahra Council Chambers on Wednesday 27 May 2019. The ceremony will also include an exhibition of entries into the Pauline McLeod Primary School Art Competition and the Pauline McLeod High School Short Film Competition

Nominations close Monday 13 May 2019 at 5pm

Pauline McLeod High School Short Film Competition

High school students are asked to create a short film. 

Length: 3-5 minutes
Theme: Truth in Australia history

Entries close: 13 May 2018

For further information please contact  Sarah Melody on (02) 9391  7182 or sarah.melody@woollahra.nsw.gov.au

Pauline McLeod Primary School Art Competition

Primary school students are asked to create art works.

Theme: Truth in Australia history

Entries close: 13 May 2018

For further information please contact ERLGATSIF via Sarah Melody on (02) 9391  7182 or sarah.melody@woollahra.nsw.gov.au

Awards Ceremony

The Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Forum would like to invite you to the 2018 Pauline McLeod Awards Ceremony evening. The ceremony is a presentation and celebration of winners from:
  • the Pauline McLeod Awards for Reconciliation;
  • the Pauline McLeod High School Short Film Competition; and
  • Pauline McLeod Reconciliation Week Primary School Art Competition.

When:  27 May 2018
What time: 5pm - 7:30pm 
Where:
Woollahra Council Chambers
536 New South Head Road
Double Bay NSW 2028

We hope you can join us!

RSVP

Please RSVP to Sarah Melody on (02) 9391  7182 or sarah.melody@woollahra.nsw.gov.au

Futher Information

For further information please contact ERLGATSIF via Sarah Melody on (02) 9391  7182 or sarah.melody@woollahra.nsw.gov.au

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