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Mount Magnet Elder Ollie George awarded NAIDOC Male Elder of the year

Posted: July 24th, 2017

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YMAC sends our heart-felt congratulations to Ollie George for receiving the Male Elder of the year award at the NAIDOC 2017 national award ceremony in Cairns. Mr George led several Badimia families and the Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre on a project to create a new Badimia Dictionary, to preserve culture and language that can be shared across generations.

This year the annual NAIDOC Week theme was celebrating the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. The focus: Our Languages Matter. As one of the last people living that can speak Badimia – an endangered Aboriginal language – Mr George’s 20 year commitment to documenting language and culture was recognised as a significant contribution to Aboriginal heritage.

“When I look back I’m proud because it’s my language and I’m not scared to speak my language. A lot of people in my town won’t speak it. It’s gone they reckon. But It’s not gone for me, I’ve still got it there.” Mr George said. “I’m proud to be able to share my knowledge and language with the next generation.”

Use the link below to view Ollie’s speech.

http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2017/06/28/male-elder-year-recipient-awarded-preserving-aboriginal-languages

 

Nominations for Pilbara NAIDOC Awards close 19 June

Posted: June 16th, 2017

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Nominations to recognise inspirational Aboriginal people for the 2017 Port Hedland NAIDOC Awards are open until Monday 19 June.

A number of categories are available, including Artist of the Year, Person of the Year, Sports Person of the Year, and many others. You can find more information about the categories, selection criteria, and nomination process here.

Winners of the awards will be recognised during NAIDOC Week 2017, which takes place between the 2nd and 9th of July. More information about NAIDOC Week events can be found by emailing Katie at Health WA at 9174 1240 or by emailing katie.papertalk@health.wa.gov.au.

NAIDOC celebrations across WA

Posted: July 4th, 2016

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To celebrate NAIDOC Week this year, towns across Western Australia are collaborating with local and national Aboriginal organisations to plan cultural events and activities for their communities.

Working with the Yinhawangka People, the town of Paraburdoo is planning a series of events beginning on 2 July. These events include family friendly gatherings and demonstrations of traditional practices like boomerang throwing and damper-making competitions.

In Tom Price, there are plans for demonstrations of traditional dancing, painting and performances, live music, an outdoor film festival, and a Food Showcase.

In Perth, an afternoon of free family entertainment is being offered at the James Street Amphitheatre. Featuring performances by Jake and the Cowboys, the event is being presented by acclaimed Aboriginal dancer and digeridoo player Olman Walley. Guests can learn about Australia’s native bush plants and bush tucker by trying a variety of samples at market stalls. Those who cannot make it can tune into 100.9 FM for a live broadcast on Noongar Radio.

For more information about the events in Paraburdoo and Tom Price, visit the Shire of Ashburton’s website here, and for information about how NAIDOC Week is being celebrated across WA visit the official NAIDOC week website here.

Congratulations Graham Taylor NAIDOC Male Elder of the Year

Posted: July 13th, 2015

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General View, July 10, 2015 - EVENT : NAIDOC Awards Dinner, Adelaide Convention And Exhibition Center, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. Credit: Lucas Wroe / Event Photos Australia

Graham Taylor NAIDOC Male Elder of the Year 2015 Credit: Lucas Wroe

 

Congratulations to Graham Taylor on winning the 2015 Male Elder of the Year at this year’s NAIDOC Awards.

An Amangu Yamatji elder, Graham was born in Three Springs and has made a strong contribution to the Australian Defence Force. He now mentors Indigenous youth as an inspirational leader and role model for young people.

Graham has previously been awarded NAIDOC Elder of the Year in 2008. In 2012 he was also recognised, being elected into Western Australia’s Midwest Region Hall of Fame for his contribution to the region.

Well done Graham.

To read more about Graham visit our latest edition of YMAC News here.

Nominate now for national NAIDOC awards

Posted: April 15th, 2015

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PMC001_15_NAIDOC_logo_stackedMany Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples contribute to Australian society through music, art, culture, community, education, environment, sport, employment and politics.

If someone in your community deserves to be recognised for their contribution, you can nominate them now for the 2015 National NAIDOC Awards. Entries close on Friday, 24 April 2015.

For more information and nomination forms visit the National NAIDOC website.

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Miss NAIDOC winner Ashlea Walley

Posted: June 5th, 2014

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On Saturday 24th May Noongar/Yamatji woman Ashlea Walley was announced as 2014 Miss NAIDOC Perth at the final ceremony held in the Perth Concert Hall.

Ashlea joined nine other finalists from across the state including Yamatji woman Jaimee Coster and Noongar/Nyiyaparli woman Amy Groves in celebrating the completion of the Miss NAIDOC leadership and empowerment program.

YMAC would like to congratulate Ashlea and all the Miss NAIDOC finalist on their achievement.

Celebrate NAIDOC week!

Posted: July 8th, 2013

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NAIDOC week is now well underway, and celebrations are happening all over Australia. The theme for 2013 is “We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963”.  The theme proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament. To read more about the significance of these petitions visit the official NAIDOC website.

There are a huge number of events going on across the Yamatji and Pilbara regions to celebrate NAIDOC this week. Check your local paper for a listing of events. Some highlights will be the Ngarluma & Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd’s football carnival in Roebourne this weekend, free community events featuring food and music in Karratha on Friday and Sunday, and the NAIDOC awards celebration in South Hedland on Saturday, to name just a few.

YMAC has already been celebrating NAIDOC, with stalls at the Tom Price and Perth opening ceremonies on Sunday, as well as last week’s Bundiyarra cultural celebrations in Geraldton.

If you are in Karratha or South Hedland this week come say hello to YMAC staff at the community events on there.

 

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Dawn service to commemorate 100 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Veterans in Service. 7 July 2013

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YMAC stall at Bundiyarra cultural celebrations in Geraldton. 3 July 2013 

NAIDOC Week 2013 starts early in Perth with Marnda Week

Posted: May 20th, 2013

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This year’s NAIDOC Week celebrations are starting early in Perth with ‘Marnda Week’, a three-day celebration of Australian Aboriginal culture organised by the West Australian Student Aboriginal Corporation (WASAC).

Marnda kicks off tomorrow at the University of Western Australia, and will be comprised of three main events throughout the week: 
– a cultural showcase on the UWA Oak Lawn on Tuesday 21st May from 12-2pm
– a footy match on UWA’s James Oval on Wednesday 22nd May from 12-2pm
– an art exhibition this Friday evening at YMCA Leederville
All activities and events are free, and all members of the community are encouraged to attend. 
To get involved, or for more information including a run down of activities taking place on each day, please visit the Marnda facebook group.

YMAC Celebrates NAIDOC week

Posted: July 9th, 2012

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Thank you to everyone who helped make this NAIDOC week special. Here are just a few photos from last week, when YMAC staff got to speak to people across Pilbara, in Geraldton and in Perth. We hope everyone had a great week celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and achievements

NAIDOC in Geraldton

NAIDOC in Port Hedland

NAIDOC in Tom Price