Indigenous Events

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

  • NAIDOC Week
  • Pauline McLead 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 for Reconciliation are also a significant indigenous event that gives our community an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements big and small of local people and organisations.

Through her work as a cultural educator, Pauline McLeod led and inspired Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians towards understanding, acceptance and healing. 

The Pauline McLeod Awards honour her legacy. The Pauline McLeod Awards are sponsored by the Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Forum. 

Each year the Forum hands out awards to people or organisations living or working in its region: Bayside, City of Sydney, Inner West, Randwick City, Waverley or Woollahra Councils.

Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the Pauline McLeod Awards for Reconciliation. Please note that the nomination closing date has now been extended and will close Friday 11 May 2018. 

The Pauline McLeod Awards celebrate and give recognition to community members who are “silent achievers” who work diligently in promoting Reconciliation through selfless acts. 

Nominations can be made in the following categories:

  • Youth Award (12 - 14 years)
  • Open Category(25 years+)

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

Nominees must either live, work or study within one of the following six Local Government Areas: City of Sydney, Bayside, Inner West, Randwick, Waverley or Woollahra Councils.

Complete the nomination form

To nominate a person for the awrads complete the Pauline McLeod Awards Online Nomination Form here

Alternatively you can complete the Pauline McLeod Awards Nomination Form PDF version (PDF 189.2KB) here and return to Deborah Lennis:

by post to:  Inner West Council, PO Box 14 Petersham NSW 2049; or 
by email to: deborah.lennis@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

Pauline McLeod High School Short Film Competition

High school students are asked to create a short film. 

Length: 3-5 minutes
Theme: Our living cultures

Entries close: 11 May 2018

Pauline McLeod Primary School Art Competition

Primary school students are asked to art works.

Theme: Our living cultures

Entries close: 11 May 2018

 

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: 24 May 2018
What time: 5pm - 7:30pm 
Where: Inner West Council - Ashfield Service Centre, Liverpool Road Ashfield 2131

We hope you can join us.

RSVP

Please RSVP to Deborah Lennis by 19 May 2018 on 9367 9246 or deborah.lennis@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

Futher Information

For further information contact Deborah Lennis: 

by post to:  Inner West Council, PO Box 14 Petersham, NSW, 2049; or 
by email to: deborah.lennis@innerwest.nsw.gov.au
in person at: Inner West Council - Ashfield Service Centre, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield NSW 2131

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